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Callinectes toxotes   Ordway, 1863

Giant swimcrab

Native range | All suitable habitat | Point map | Year 2050
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Malacostraca | Decapoda | Portunidae

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Benthic; depth range 0 - 77 m (Ref. 112850), usually ? - 30 m (Ref. 112850).  Tropical; 18°C - 34°C (Ref. 112850); 24°N - 34°S, 112°W - 77°W

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Eastern Pacific: From Cape San Lucas, Baja California and Sinaloa (Río Piaxtla), Mexico to mouth of river Tumbes, Peru and Juan Fernandez Island, Chile.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 16.0 cm CW male/unsexed; (Ref. 121685)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Maximum depth range from Ref. 121685. Euryhaline species which can tolerate salinity range of 0-55% (Ref. 119328) and occurs in freshwater streams (Ref. 112850). Lives in coastal waters (Ref. 121685), in tidal lagoon in mangrove area (Ref. 102988). Frequently occurrs on or buried in mud or fine sand substrates (Ref. 112850). Mainly predators of sessile or slow moving benthic macroinvertebrates (Ref. 73111).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Members of the order Decapoda are mostly gonochoric. Mating behavior: Precopulatory courtship ritual is common (through olfactory and tactile cues); usually indirect sperm transfer.

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Taylor, M.H., M. Wolff, F. Vadas and C. Yamashiro. 2008. (Ref. 92517)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 130435)

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses

Fisheries: commercial
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Egg development
Mass conversion

Internet sources

BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(Publication : search) | Fishipedia | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | Gomexsi | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | PubMed | Tree of Life | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimates based on models

Resilience (Ref. 69278): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (K=0.9).
Price category (Ref. 80766): Very high.