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Family: Varunidae (See list of species below)

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36 species with fin ray counts including ? spines in dorsal and ? in anal fins (see list below)
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Asthenognathus atlanticus
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Brachynotus foresti
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Brachynotus gemmellari
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Brachynotus sexdentatus
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Cyclograpsus audouinii
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Cyclograpsus cinereus
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Cyclograpsus insularum
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Cyclograpsus integer
[Globose shore crab]
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Cyclograpsus lavauxi
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Cyclograpsus longipes
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Eriocheir japonica
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Eriocheir sinensis
[Chinese mitten crab]
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Helice epicure
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Helice formosensis
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Helice leachi
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Helice tridens
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Hemigrapsus crenulatus
[Hairy-handed shore crab]
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Hemigrapsus nudus
[Purple shore crab]
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Hemigrapsus oregonensis
[Yellow shore crab]
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Hemigrapsus penicillatus
[Japanese shore crab]
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Hemigrapsus sanguineus
[Asian shore crab]
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Hemigrapsus sexdentatus
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Metaplax elegans
[Orange signaller crab]
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Metaplax indica
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Neoeriocheir leptognathus
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Neohelice granulata
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Parahelice pilimana
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Pseudograpsus albus
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Pseudograpsus elongatus
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Pseudograpsus setosus
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Pseudohelice subquadrata
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Ptychognathus ishii
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Utica barbimana
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Utica glabra
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Xenograpsus ngatama
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Xenograpsus testudinatus
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36 Species of Family Varunidae
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Sort by: Species Length
Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
Asthenognathus atlanticus Northeast Atlantic
Brachynotus foresti Mediterranean Sea.
Brachynotus gemmellari Mediterranean Sea.
Brachynotus sexdentatus Northeast Atlantic and th
Cyclograpsus audouinii Indo-West Pacific.
Cyclograpsus cinereus Southeast Pacific
Cyclograpsus insularum Western Pacific.
Cyclograpsus integer Globose shore crab Indo-Pacific and Western
Cyclograpsus lavauxi Southwest Pacific
Cyclograpsus longipes Indo-Pacific.
Eriocheir japonica Northwest Pacific 6.94 CW
Eriocheir sinensis Chinese mitten crab Northwest Pacific 7.5 CW
Helice epicure Northwest Pacific
Helice formosensis Northwest Pacific
Helice leachi Northwest Pacific
Helice tridens Northwest Pacific
Hemigrapsus crenulatus Hairy-handed shore crab Southern Pacific
Hemigrapsus nudus Purple shore crab Eastern Pacific
Hemigrapsus oregonensis Yellow shore crab Eastern Pacific
Hemigrapsus penicillatus Japanese shore crab Northwest Pacific
Hemigrapsus sanguineus Asian shore crab Western Pacific and Easte
Hemigrapsus sexdentatus New Zealand.
Metaplax elegans Orange signaller crab Indo-West Pacific.
Metaplax indica Western Indian Ocean. 1.67 CL
Neoeriocheir leptognathus Northwest Pacific 1.78 CW
Neohelice granulata Southwest Atlantic
Parahelice pilimana South Western Pacific.
Pseudograpsus albus Indo-Pacific. Tropical t
Pseudograpsus elongatus Indo-West Pacific.
Pseudograpsus setosus Southeast Pacific
Pseudohelice subquadrata Indo-Pacific.
Ptychognathus ishii Western Pacific.
Utica barbimana Western Central Pacific.
Utica glabra Western Central Pacific.
Xenograpsus ngatama Southwest Pacific
Xenograpsus testudinatus Northwest Pacific.



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