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European Green Crab

Scientific Name
Carcinus maenas
Scientific Author
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Taxonomy
Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura: Portunidae
Status
Exotic Species Occurrence in Australia
Reliability
High
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Last leg is slightly flattened
Source
Gary Poore, Marine Decapod Crustacea of Southern Australia Museum Victoria
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Diagnostic Notes

Carapace:  oval, 5 prominent triangular teeth (including the tooth next to the eye) along each oblique anterolateral margin

 

Colour: patchy bluish green and orange underneath

 

Last leg: slightly flattened (not as paddle-shaped as other swimming crabs)

 

Size: to 65mm wide.

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Specimen Contact
Gary Poore
Author
Wilson, R. & Poore, G.C.B
Created
07/12/2006 04:39 AEST
Last Updated
24/04/2008 16:39 AEST
Citation
Wilson, R. & Poore, G.C.B (2006) European Green Crab (Carcinus maenas) Updated on 4/24/2008 4:39:10 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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Free for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License

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