Ashtoret lunaris (Forsskål, 1775)
yellow moon crab
Ashtoret lunaris
photo by Poppe, Guido and Philippe

Family:  Matutidae ()
Max. size:  6.9 cm CW (male/unsexed); 5.9 cm CW (female); max.weight: 39.9 g; max.weight: 27.1 g
Environment:  benthic; marine; depth range 0 - 50 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: From East Africa to Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Australia. Tropical to subtropical.
Biology:  Caught in nets for food. Occurs from intertidal zone to a depth of 50 m. Found on muddy sand or broken shells bottoms (Ref. 106341). Members of the order Decapoda are mostly gonochoric. Mating behavior: Precopulatory courtship ritual is common (through olfactory and tactile cues); usually indirect sperm transfer (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. 123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Pan-Saniano, Marianne - 03.02.06
Modified by: Abucay, Luisa - 20.07.20

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