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Callinectes sapidus (blue crab; bluepoint)

Synonyms: Callinectes sapidus subsp. acutidens; Portunus diacantha

Wikipedia Abstract

Callinectes sapidus (from the Greek calli- = "beautiful", nectes = "swimmer", and Latin sapidus = "savory"), the blue crab, Atlantic blue crab, or regionally as the Chesapeake blue crab, is a species of crab native to the waters of the western Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, and introduced internationally.C. sapidus is of significant culinary and economic importance in the United States, particularly in Louisiana, the Chesapeake Bay, and New Jersey.
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Akyatan Lagoon 36324 Adana, Turkey      

Emblem of

Maryland

Prey / Diet

Alpheus normanni (green snapping shrimp)[1]
Boiga dendrophila (Gold-ringed Cat Snake, Mangrove Snake)[1]
Brachidontes exustus (scorched mussel)[1]
Callinectes sapidus (blue crab)[1]
Chrysaora quinquecirrha (sea nettle)[1]
Crassostrea virginica (American cupped oyster)[1]
Cyrtograpsus angulatus[2]
Dyspanopeus sayi (Say mud crab)[1]
Erodona mactroides[2]
Fenestraria rhopalophylla (babies toes)[1]
Geukensia demissa (ribbed mussel)[3]
Heleobia australis[2]
Heteromastus similis[2]
Lethrinus xanthochilus (Klunzinger's emperor)[1]
Libinia dubia (longnose spider crab)[1]
Littorina littorea (Common periwinkle)[1]
Lobatus gigas (pink or queen conch)[4]
Macoma balthica (Baltic macoma)[5]
Mercenaria mercenaria (northern quahog)[6]
Mya arenaria (Clam)[1]
Mytilopsis leucophaeata (Brackish water mussel)[1]
Neomysis americana (Mysid shrimp)[2]
Nephtys fluviatilis[2]
Palaemonetes pugio (daggerblade grass shrimp)[1]
Processa bermudensis (Bermuda night shrimp)[1]
Rapana venosa (veined rapa whelk)[1]
Rhithropanopeus harrisii (estuarine mud crab)[1]
Ruppia cirrhosa (spiral ditchgrass)[1]
Ruppia maritima (Ditch grass)[2]
Urosalpinx cinerea (Atlantic oyster drill)[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Aetobatus narinari (White-spotted eagle ray)1
Calappa gallus (rough box crab)1
Caretta caretta (Loggerhead)3
Carpilius corallinus (batwing coral crab)1
Diodon hystrix (Ajargo)1
Embiotoca jacksoni (Black perch)1
Fasciolaria tulipa (true tulip)1
Galeocerdo cuvier (Tiger-shark)1
Limosa limosa (Black-tailed Godwit)1
Menippe mercenaria (Florida stone crab)1
Paguristes grayi (Gray's hermit crab)1
Panopeus herbstii (Atlantic mud crab)2
Panulirus argus (Caribbean spiny lobster)1
Petrochirus diogenes (giant hermit)1
Phyllonotus pomum (apple murex)1
Tadorna tadorna (Common Shelduck)1
Triplofusus giganteus (horse conch)1

Predators

Albula vulpes (Bonefish)[7]
Anchoa mitchilli (Bay anchovy)[1]
Ancylopsetta ommata (Ocellated flounder)[1]
Aplodinotus grunniens (Freshwater drum)[1]
Archosargus probatocephalus (Southern sheeps head)[1]
Ariopsis felis (Sea catfish)[8]
Atractosteus spatula (Alligator gar)[1]
Bagre marinus (Slooprig)[1]
Bairdiella chrysoura (Silver perch)[1]
Boiga dendrophila (Gold-ringed Cat Snake, Mangrove Snake)[1]
Brevoortia aurea (Brazilian menhaden)[2]
Callinectes sapidus (blue crab)[1]
Carcharhinus plumbeus (Thickskin shark)[9]
Caretta caretta (Loggerhead)[10]
Centropomus undecimalis (Thin snook)[11]
Centropristis striata (Sea bass)[1]
Chloroscombrus chrysurus (Yellowtail)[1]
Citharichthys spilopterus (Bay Whiff)[1]
Coryphaena hippurus (Mahi-mahi)[1]
Crassostrea virginica (American cupped oyster)[1]
Cynoscion nebulosus (Spotted weakfish)[1]
Dasyatis sabina (Atlantic stingray)[1]
Elops saurus (Ladyfish)[1]
Epinephelus marginatus (Yellowbelly rockcod)[12]
Fundulus grandis (Gulf killifish)[1]
Gobiosoma bosc (Naked goby)[1]
Hemicaranx amblyrhynchus (Palomette)[1]
Ictalurus furcatus (blue catfish)[1]
Ictalurus punctatus (Channel catfish)[1]
Lagodon rhomboides (Salt-water bream)[1]
Larus argentatus (Herring Gull)[1]
Leiostomus xanthurus (Spot croaker)[1]
Lepidochelys kempii (Atlantic Ridley, Kemp’s Ridley Seaturtle)[10]
Lepisosteus oculatus (Spotted gar)[1]
Lobotes surinamensis (Tripple tail)[1]
Lutjanus campechanus (Red snapper)[1]
Lutjanus griseus (Snapper)[1]
Lutjanus synagris (Walliacke)[1]
Megalops atlanticus (Tarpon)[1]
Menidia beryllina (Waxen silverside)[1]
Menticirrhus americanus (Woundhead)[1]
Menticirrhus littoralis (Kingfish)[1]
Micropogonias furnieri (Whitemouth drummer)[2]
Micropogonias undulatus (Atlantic croacker)[1]
Micropterus salmoides (Northern largemouth bass)[1]
Morone mississippiensis (Barfish)[1]
Morone saxatilis (Striper bass)[1]
Mugil cephalus (gray mullet)[1]
Mustelus fasciatus (Striped smooth-hound)[1]
Mya arenaria (Clam)[1]
Octopus briareus (Caribbean reef octopus)[13]
Opsanus beta (Gulf toadfish)[1]
Paralichthys dentatus (fluke)[1]
Paralichthys lethostigma (Southern flounder)[1]
Paralichthys orbignyanus[2]
Pogonias cromis (Sea drum)[1]
Pomatomus saltatrix (Tailor run)[1]
Prionotus tribulus (Bighead searobin)[1]
Pseudopleuronectes americanus (rough flounder)[14]
Rachycentron canadum (Sergent fish)[15]
Rhizoprionodon terraenovae (Atlantic sharp-nosed shark)[1]
Sciaenops ocellatus (Spotted bass)[16]
Scomberomorus cavalla (Spanish mackerel)[1]
Sphoeroides nephelus (Southern puffer)[1]
Sphyrna tiburo (Shovelhead)[1]
Stellifer lanceolatus (Stardrum)[1]
Tursiops truncatus (Bottlenosed Dolphin)[1]

Consumers

Parasitized by 
Hysterothylacium reliquens <Unverified Name>[17]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

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Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Brevard Zoo
Budapest Zool.& Botanical Garden
Florida Aquarium
National Aquarium in Baltimore Inc
Smithsonian National Zoological Park
Steinhart Aquarium (CA Acad of Science
Virginia Aquarium&Marine Science Ctr

Distribution

East Pacific; Eastern Atlantic Ocean; Indo-West Pacific; Western Atlantic Ocean;

Photos

Citations

Attributes / relations provided by 1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics. 2Food web of a SW Atlantic shallow coastal lagoon: spatial environmental variability does not impose substantial changes in the trophic structure, Laura Rodríguez-Graña, Danilo Calliari, Daniel Conde, Javier Sellanes, Roberto Urrutia, Mar Ecol Prog Ser 362: 69–83, 2008 3Predator-prey relationships between the mud crab Panopeus herbstii, the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus and the Atlantic ribbed mussel Geukensia demissa, R. Seed, Estuarine and Coastal Marine Science, Volume 11, Issue 4, October 1980, Pages 445-458 4Queen Conch Predators: Not a Roadblock to Mariculture, Darryl E. Jory and Edwin S. Iversen, Proc. Gulf Caribb. Fish. Inst. 35:108-111. (1983) 5Density-dependent predation by blue crabs Callinectes sapidus on natural prey populations of infaunal bivalves, Mark L. Kuhlmann, Anson H. Hines, Mar Ecol Prog Ser 295: 215–228, 2005 6Micheli, Fiorenza. "Effects of predator foraging behavior on patterns of prey mortality in marine soft bottoms." Ecological Monographs 67.2 (1997): 203+. Academic OneFile. Web. 15 July 2014. 7Feeding Habits of bonefish, Albula vulpes, from the waters of the Florida Keys, Roy E. Crabtree, Connie Stevens, Derke Snodgrass, Fredrik J. Stengard, Florida Marine Research Institute, Fishery Bulletin 96(4):754-766 (1998) 8Production sources and food web structure of a temperate tidal estuary: integration of dietary and stable isotope data, Kirk O. Winemiller, Senol Akin, Steven C. Zeug, Mar Ecol Prog Ser 343: 63–76, 2007 9DIET OF THE SANDBAR SHARK, CARCHARHINUS PLUMBEUS, IN CHESAPEAKE BAY AND ADJACENT WATERS, Julia K. Ellis, Masters Thesis, The College of William and Mary, 2003 10HISTORICAL DIET ANALYSIS OF LOGGERHEAD (CARETTA CARETTA) AND KEMP’S RIDLEY (LEPIDOCHELYS KEMPI) SEA TURTLES IN VIRGINIA, Erin E. Seney, A Thesis Presented to The Faculty of the School of Marine Science The College of William and Mary in Virginia (2003) 11Feeding Habits of Common Snook, Centropomus undecimalis, in Charlotte Harbor, Florida, David A. Blewett, Rebecca A. Hensley, and Philip W. Stevens, Gulf and Caribbean Research Vol 18, 1–13, 2006 12CONDINI, Mario V.; SEYBOTH, Elisa; VIEIRA, João P. and GARCIA, Alexandre M. Diet and feeding strategy of the dusky grouper Mycteroperca marginata (Actinopterygii: Epinephelidae) in a man-made rocky habitat in southern Brazil Neotrop. ichthyol. [online]. 2011, vol.9, n.1, pp. 161-168 13CephBase - Cephalopod (Octopus, Squid, Cuttlefish and Nautilus) Database 14 Steimle FW, Pikanowski RA, McMillan DG, Zetlin CA, Wilk SJ. 2000. Demersal Fish and American Lobster Diets in the Lower Hudson - Raritan Estuary. US Dep Commer, NOAA Tech Memo NMFS NE 161; 106 p. 15Stomach content analysis of cobia, Rachycentron canadum, from lower Chesapeake Bay, Michael D. Arendt, John E. Olney, Jon A. Lucy, Fish. Bull. 99:665–670 (2001) 16Food of the Red Drum, Sciaenops ocellata, from Mississippi Sound, Robin M. Overstreet, Richard W. Heard, Gulf Research Reports, Vol. 6, No. 2, 131-135, 1978 17Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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