Blue Crab


Common name : Chesapeake blue crab, Atlantic blue crab

Scientific name : Callinectes sapidus

Family : Portunidae

Native to : Western Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico

Interesting fact : Its scientific name means beautifulsavoury swimmer.

Conservation status : Vulnerable

This ten-legged crustacean is found in brackish coastallagoons and estuaries. Its shell colour is blue to olive with bright blue claws and red tips on females. Its fifth pair of legs are paddle-like making it a good swimmer. These fish feed on mussels, snails, fish, plants and smaller blue crabs. Mating is from May to October. Their lifespan is less than 3 years.

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