Malacostraca | Decapoda
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Benthopelagic; depth range 2 - 550 m (Ref. 101460), usually 5 - 55 m (Ref. 104089). Tropical; 36°N - 36°S, 98°W - 34°W
Western Atlantic Ocean. North Carolina to Florida and Gulf of Mexico, and the West Indies to Uruguay. Subtropical to tropical.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 4.3 cm CW male/unsexed; (Ref. 93549)
Carapace width range: 0.55 to 4.29 cm (Ref. 93549). Minimum depth range from Ref. 104089. Usually in deep waters (Ref. 101460). Benthopelagic (Ref. 97531). Lives in soft bottoms (Ref. 104231), in sand and mud bottoms (Ref. 104481). Also found among broken shells and corals (Ref. 104481). In general, portunid crabs are reported to be mainly carnivorous (Ref. 72665). Feeds on polychaetes (Ref. 104232).
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.
Bisby, F.A., M.A. Ruggiero, K.L. Wilson, M. Cachuela-Palacio, S.W. Kimani, Y.R. Roskov, A. Soulier-Perkins and J. van Hertum. 2005. (Ref. 19)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 127697)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on models
): 22.9 - 28, mean 26.3 (based on 612 cells).