SWIMMING CRABS
PORTUNIDAE
Blunt-Tooth Swimming Crab
Callinectes bocourti
Notes
Whilst the holotype has predominantly red markings, the recognised variant maracaiboensis (Taissoun 1972) has blue markings on greensish background.

Size
Carapace width to 16cm

Description
:
Overall  olive green with prominent reddish markings.Carapace olive, greyish green, greenish chestnut or forest green with variable purplish to red markings. Claw arms (
chelipeds) red to dark reddish brown above and whitish below with bluish tints, main colours being sharply separated on outer surface of palm;  and with remaining legs reddish, variable.

maracaiboensis
Blue markings on inner faces and palms of chelipeds and regions of walking legs. Remaining leg surfaces green, with white lower part of palm.

Carapace almost twice as broad as long, with 9 forward sweeping teeth on moderately arched anterolateral margin. Lateral spine not as long as manay other Callinectes spp..
Four teeth between eyes.


Ecology
Lives in shallow brackish waters ranging in salinity from nearly fresh to nearly full marine, on sand or rock-shell bottoms.Tolerant of stagnant, polluted environments.
Presumed to feed on a variety of materials including molluscs, other bottom invertebrates, fish, carrion and detritus.
    Ecological Descriptors
Habitat Size (cm) Diet Behaviour Sex 
Br 16
(carapace)
Omn I F
Also see    SEXING TRUE CRABS
Blunt-tooth Swimming Crab (var maracaiboensis )
Synonym:
Bocourt Swimming Crab
Blunt-tooth Swimming Crab
Blunt-tooth Swimming Crab
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