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Atlantic blue crab
(Callinectes sapidus)
walrus
Description
They belong to the family of swimming crabs. They have a characteristic sharp spine projecting outward from each side of its carapace. Males have an olive-green carapace, with brilliant blue claws and females have red-tipped claws. The rear pair of legs act as paddles, making these crabs excellent and rapid swimmers. They have two stalked, compound eyes, which are controlled separately and can lay back into sockets in the shell. Females have broad triangular or rounded aprons (abdomen) and red-tipped claws; whereas in the male the abdominal flap, or apron, is shaped like an inverted "T”.
Dimensions
They grow up to 9 inches long from point to point, and 4 inches from head to tail.
Diet
They eat a large range of foods. Typically this species eats clams, oysters, and mussels as well as almost any vegetable or animal matter.
Habitat & Range
They inhabit shallow and brackish waters, eelgrass beds and muddy bottoms. They can be found in Florida, Eastern Canada, Texas, the Mid-Atlantic and New England states.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS NOT EVALUATED

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