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Grapsus grapsus   (Linnaeus, 1758)

lightfoot crab

Native range | All suitable habitat | Point map | Year 2100
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Malacostraca | Decapoda | Grapsidae

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

Benthic; depth range 0 - 5 m (Ref. 106471).  Tropical; 40°N - 35°S, 126°W - 28°E

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Indo-Pacific and Atlantic: from Baja California (Mexico) to Chile, including Clipperton Island, Galapagos Islands and other Pacific oceanic islands; from south Florida to central America, West Indies, to Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil, to western Africa and Portugal, including Azores, Cape Verde, Sao Tome and Principe, Ascension and Saint Helena. Subtropical and tropical.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?, range 3 - 3.38 cm Max length : 7.7 cm CL male/unsexed; (Ref. 435)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Maximum carapace width: 8.7 cm. Inhabits rocks near water line and is very active on land, taking refuge in the sea when threatened (Ref. 435). Supralittoral to intertidal (Ref. 104055). Abundant in splash zones (Ref. 105697). On rubbles (Ref. 106471). Feeds on cirripedes, mytilids, and porcelain crabs; occasionally acts as a scavenger. Also preys upon sea turtles and on the lookout for marine birds nest (Ref. 106452). Herbivorous (Ref. 106455). 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).

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

Fischer, W., G. Bianchi and W.B. Scott (eds.). 1981. (Ref. 435)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses

Fisheries: subsistence fisheries
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Internet sources

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

Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 22.2 - 28.3, mean 27.1 (based on 1189 cells).
Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Unknown