Callinectes rathbunae   Contreras, 1930

sharptooth swimcrab
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Malacostraca | Decapoda | Portunidae

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Benthopelagic; brackish; depth range 0 - 3 m (Ref. 97531).  Tropical

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Western Central Atlantic: Gulf of Mexico.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 14.0 cm WD male/unsexed; (Ref. 367); 15 cm WD (female)

Short description Morphology

Carapace twice as broad as long; 9 teeth on moderately arched anterolateral margin (including outer orbital tooth and strong lateral spine) acuminate with edges variably granulate; front (excluding inner orbital angles) bearing 4 acuminate teeth, inner pair narrower than outer. Marginal slopes of convex dorsal surface smooth and glistening (when wet), central part lightly and evenly granulate, transverse lines prominent. Pincers with sharp granulate ridges, fingers of major hand heavily toothed but not gaping; fifth leg flattened in form of paddles. Male with T-shaped abdomen reaching nearly to juncture between thoracic sternites 3 and 4; slender first pleopods sinuously curved, overlapping in proximal half, diverging distally with dorsolateral narrow band of large and small sharp retrogressive spinules. Color: green and blue with tints of red, orange, and purple; underparts white.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Benthopelagic. Euryhaline (Ref. 97531). Inhabits estuarine waters of ditches, lagoons, and river mouths. Feeds on a variety of materials including mollusks, other bottom invertebrates, and some fishes, carrion and detritus (Ref. 367). Members of the order Decapoda are mostly gonochoric. Mating behavior: Precopulatory courtship ritual is common (through olfactory and tactile cues); usually indirect sperm transfer (Ref. 833).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Members of the order Decapoda are mostly gonochoric. Mating behavior: Precopulatory courtship ritual is common (through olfactory and tactile cues); usually indirect sperm transfer.

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Tavares, M. 2003. (Ref. 367)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses

Fisheries: minor commercial
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Mass conversion

Internet sources

BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(Publication : search) | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | GOBASE | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | ispecies | PubMed | Scirus | Tree of Life | uBio | uBio RSS | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimates of some properties based on models

Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Very high