Ecology of Cancer irroratus
Main Ref. Tavares, M., 2003
Remarks Occurs at depths ranging from the low-water mark to 575 m. Basically a cold water species. Small to medium-sized crabs move into shallower depths especially in winter, whereas larger ones occur in deeper waters (Ref. 367). Found on molluscan and other shells (Ref. 97531). Feeds mainly on mollusks, echinoderms, and other invertebrates (Ref. 367).

Aquatic zones / Water bodies

Marine - Neritic Marine - Oceanic Brackishwater Freshwater
Marine zones / Brackish and freshwater bodies
  • supra-littoral zone
  • littoral zone
  • sublittoral zone
  • epipelagic
  • mesopelagic
  • epipelagic
  • abyssopelagic
  • hadopelagic
  • estuaries/lagoons/brackish seas
  • mangroves
  • marshes/swamps
  • rivers/streams
  • lakes/ponds
  • caves
  • exclusively in caves
Highighted items on the list are where Cancer irroratus may be found.


Substrate Benthic: mobile; Soft Bottom Hard Bottom: rubble;
Substrate Ref. Felder, D.L., F. Alvarez, J.W. Goy and R. Lemaitre, 2009
Special habitats
Special habitats Ref.


Ref. Tavares, M., 2003
Associated with
Association remarks


Feeding type plants/detritus+animals (troph. 2.2-2.79)
Feeding type Ref. Griffen, B.D. and H. Mosblack, 2011
Feeding habit
Feeding habit Ref.

Trophic Level(s)

Estimation method original sample unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items 3.29 0.22 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
(e.g. 9948)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Pan-Saniano, Marianne on 02.20.06
Modified by Polido, Rubyann Robelle on 09.29.16
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