AppearanceIt has a carapace width of up to 100 millimetres, and is the only species in the genus ''Necora''. Its body is coated with short hairs, giving the animal a velvety texture, hence the common name. It is one of the major crab species for United Kingdom fisheries, in spite of its relatively small size.
DistributionThe velvet crab lives from southern Norway to Western Sahara in the North Sea and in north Atlantic as well as in western parts of the Mediterranean Sea, on the rocky bottom from the shoreline to a depth of about 65 metres. The last pair of pereiopods are flattened to facilitate swimming.
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