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Sand Crab

Portunus pelagicus

Other name

Blue Swimmer Crab


Mottled blue and olive-green with long, strong spine each side. To 190 mm across.


Commercially important trawled species. Common in shallow, sandy-muddy inshore waters and seagrass beds. Efficient swimmer and burrower. Australia-wide; Indo-West Pacific.

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