Callinectes maracaiboensis   Taissoun, 1969

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

Malacostraca | Decapoda | Portunidae

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Demersal.  Tropical

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Western Central Atlantic: confined to the Lake Maracaibo estuarine system.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 16.0 cm WD male/unsexed; (Ref. 367); 12 cm WD (female)

Short description Morphology

Carapace almost twice as broad as long; 9 teeth on moderately arched anterolateral margin (including outer orbital tooth and strong lateral spine) tending to be acuminate especially in outer part of row, with tips directed outward; front (excluding inner orbital angles) bearing 4 well-developed teeth, lateral pair moderately acute. Marginal slopes of convex dorsal surface smooth and glistening (when wet), central part and transverse lines variably granulate. Pincers granulate on ridges, fingers of major hand heavily toothed; fifth legs flattened in form of paddles. Male with T-shaped abdomen reaching to anterior 1/4 of thoracic sternite 4; slender first pleopods sinuously curved overlapping in 2 places proximally, diverging distally then recurving to termination near midline and tip of telson, armed distally with dorsolateral band of large and small retrogressive spinules. Color: carapace olive green with variable tints of brown and blue distally, articulations and spines of legs orange and blue; underparts cream and light yellow with suffusion of light blue.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits brackish to occasionally fresh waters containing much silt and decomposing organic material, usually below 16‰ salinity, on sandy and muddy bottoms and among roots of mangroves (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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References
Mass conversion

Internet sources

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Estimates of some properties based on models

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