Malacostraca | Decapoda
Fischer, W., G. Bianchi and W.B. Scott (eds.). 1981. (Ref. 435)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 10.0 cm CW male/unsexed; (Ref. 417)
Benthopelagic; brackish; depth range 1 - 421 m (Ref. 105052)
Climate / Range
Tropical; 35°N - 31°S, 82°W - 14°E
Atlantic Ocean: from southeastern Florida to Brazil rarely in Bermuda and North Carolina, also in the Cape Verde Islands and along the African coast from Mauritania to Angola.
In shallow littoral environments, typically from intertidal pools to 3 m (Ref. 105199). Inhabits shallow salt water on sandy or sandy mud bottom (Ref. 435) in brackish waters of estuaries (Ref. 417). Also found on algae and grass flats, sandy beaches, rocky pools, eroded coral bases, oyster bars, and edge of mangroves (Ref. 105199). Associated with the barnacle Chelonibia sp. (Ref. 105200). In general, portunids are opportunistic omnivores with preference for animal prey (Ref. 100840). 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).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)