Portunus (Portunus) pelagicus   (Linnaeus,  1758) (Crab)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class: Malacostraca
Order:Decapoda
Family:Portunidae

Image copyrights: S. Ajmal Khan and S. Ravichandran

Description
Size: 180mm across carapace.

it is very abundant along the entire coast and dominates the catch frequently. the species breed from September to March.

Synonym (s)
Cancer cedonulli Herbst, 1794
Cancer pelagicus Forskal, 1775
Cancer pelagicus Linnaeus, 1758
Portunus (Portunus) pelagicus var. sinensis Shen, 1932
Portunus denticulatus Marion de Procé, 1822

Common Name (s)
• blue swimming crab (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Ecology
Habitat:  Estuarine, Coastal

Biogeography


• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• West coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Palk Bay INDIA
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.16) (Long: 85.83) INDIA
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.63) (Long: 89.83) INDIA
• West Bengal, Medinipur INDIA
• West Bengal, South 24 Parganas INDIA
• West Bengal, Digha Coast INDIA
• Kerala, Ernakulam, Murambam INDIA (Record: 05/2005-04/2006)
• Kerala, Kollam, Neendakara INDIA (Record: 05/2005-04/2006)
• Kerala, Malappurram, Ponnani INDIA (Record: 05/2005-04/2006)
• Kerala, Kozhikode, Puthiyappa (Lat: 11.5) (Long: 76) INDIA (Record: 05/2005-04/2006)
• Kerala, Kannur, Azhikkal INDIA (Record: 05/2005-04/2006)

Literature Source(s)
  • Subba Rao, NV and Sastry, DRK (2005) Fauna of Marine National Park, Gulf of Kuchchh (Gujarat) ZSI 79 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Khan, SA and Ravichandran, S Brachyuran crabs UNU OpenCourseWare - Training course on mangroves and biodiversity Available at - http://ocw.unu.edu/international-network-on-water-environment-and-health/unu-inweh-course-1-mangroves/Brachyuran-crabs.pdf
  • Rao, PV; Thomas, MM; and Rao, GS (1973) The Crab fishery resources of India Proceedings of the symposium on living resources of the seas around India Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute,Cochin-11 579-591 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/2754/1/Article_43.pdf
  • Roy, MKD and Nandi, NC (2008) Checklist and distribution of Brachyuran crabs of West Bengal, India Journal of Environment and Sociobiology Social Environmental and Biological Association, Kolkata, India 5(2) 191-214 Available at - NIO,Goa
  • Roy, MK (2010) Diversity and Distribution of Crustacea Fauna in wetlands of West Bengal Journal of Environment and Sociobiology Social Environmental and Biological Association, Kolkata, India 7(2) 147-187 Available at - NIO,Goa
  • Chatterjee, TK; Husain, A and Mitra S (2007) Faunal diversity in prawns and crabs in Digha and adjacent coast in West Bengal with notes on the relationship of their abundance with physico-chemical parameters Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 104(3) 311-315 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Kumar, AB; Kumar, MS; Raffi, SM and Khan, SA (2007) Diversity of brachyuran crabs associated with trawl by-catch in Kerala coast, India Indian Journal of Fisheries Indian Journal of Fisheries For the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Kochi, India 54(3) 283-290 Available at - http://epubs.icar.org.in/ejournal/index.php/IJF/article/download/6942/2675

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