Malacostraca | Decapoda
Tavares, M. 2003. (Ref. 367)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 14.0 cm WD male/unsexed; (Ref. 367); 15 cm WD (female)
Benthopelagic; brackish; depth range 0 - 3 m (Ref. 97531)
Climate / Range
Western Central Atlantic: Gulf of Mexico.
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.
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).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial
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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)