Velvet crab

Necora puber

The velvet crab, or alternately ''velvet swimming crab'', ''devil crab'', “fighter crab”, or ''lady crab,'' ''Necora puber'', is a species of crab. It is the largest of the swimming crab family found in British coastal waters.
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Appearance

It 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.

Distribution

The 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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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassMalacostraca
OrderDecapoda
FamilyPortunidae
GenusNecora
SpeciesN. puber
Photographed in
United Kingdom