Libinia dubia Milne-Edwards, 1834
longnose spider crab
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Family:  Epialtidae ()
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Environment:  benthic; marine; depth range 0 - 46 m
Distribution:  Western Atlantic Ocean.
Biology:  Found on eelgrass meadows. Generalist feeder. Consumes clinging jellyfish Gonionemus medusae, an unusual crab-jellyfish trophic relationship. In the study, spider crab mortality increased with Gonionemus consumption; all of the crabs tested died within 24 hours of consuming jellyfish (Ref. 116461). 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. (120744)
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Entered by: Bailly, Nicolas - 11.12.05
Modified by: Polido, Rubyann Robelle - 17.08.16

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