Malacostraca | Decapoda
Environment / Climate / Range
Benthic; depth range 0 - 90 m (Ref. 435), usually 4 - 40 m (Ref. 435). Tropical; 17°N - 19°S, 25°W - 14°E
Eastern Atlantic: Western African coast from Mauritania to Namibia.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 10.8 cm CW male/unsexed; (Ref. 435)
Occurs at depths from shore to 90 m (Refs. 435, 2708); common at depths of 4 to 40 m. Burrows in sand or fine gravel and also in bottoms with other sediments. (Ref. 435). Can live on all level substrates but may prefer sand (Ref. 2708). In general, Calappa feeds upon molluscs and hermit crabs in gastropod shells. Their right claw is used for crushing shells of prey while their left claw is used as a cutter (Ref. 105092). 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.
Fischer, W., G. Bianchi and W.B. Scott (eds.). 1981. (Ref. 435)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on models
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)