Barratlantic Species Guide

Learn more about the some of the species Barratlantic process.

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Velvet Crab

Velvet Crab

Description

Velvet Crab (Portunus Puber). The velvet crab is a member of the family Portunidae (swimming crabs) and is found in waters all around the British Isles. It is a fast moving and aggressive species, most commonly found on rocky substrates down to depths of about 25 m. Velvet crabs feed on both animal and algal material, with brown algae being the dominant item found in gut content analysis.Females grow more slowly and to a smaller maximum size than males, differences which are likely to be due to reduced growth during the females egg bearing phase. Growth is highly seasonal and males and females moult at different times of the year; the main moult for males is between April and July, whereas females moult between May and August. Velvet crab typically live for four to six years and recruit to the fishery at around age three.

F:
Etrille
D:
Schwimm Krabbe
E:
Necora
NL:
Fluwelen Zwemcrab
DK:
Svommekrabbe
I:
Granchio di Rena