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Portunus pelagicus (flower crab)

Synonyms: Cancer cedonulli; Cancer pelagicus; Lupa pelagica; Portunus denticulatus; Portunus pelagicus var. sinensis

Wikipedia Abstract

Portunus pelagicus, also known as the flower crab, blue crab, blue swimmer crab, blue manna crab or sand crab, and alimasag in Tagalog, is a large crab found in the intertidal estuaries of the Indian and West Pacific Oceans, and as a Lessepsian migrant in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The name "flower crab" is used in east Asian countries while the latter names are used in Australia.
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Ecosystems

Prey / Diet

Arthritica semen[1]
Callionymus curvicornis[2]
Charybdis vadorum[2]
Favonigobius lateralis (Longfinned goby)[3]
Luidia hardwicki[2]
Melicertus latisulcatus (camarón real)[3]
Nassarius crematus[2]
Ophiura kinbergi[2]
Ostrea denselamellosa[2]
Ovalipes australiensis[3]
Perna viridis (Asian green mussel)[2]
Portunus pelagicus (flower crab)[3]
Saccostrea cucullata (Sydney cupped oyster)[2]
Simplisetia aequisetis[3]
Tanais dulongii[3]
Thalamita picta[2]

Predators

Dromas ardeola (Crab-plover)[4]
Portunus pelagicus (flower crab)[3]
Scylla serrata (giant mud crab)[5]

Consumers

Parasitized by 
Hematodinium australis <Unverified Name>[6]
Melogonimus rhodanometra <Unverified Name>[7]
Sacculina granifera <Unverified Name>[6]

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Citations

Attributes / relations provided by 1Fish diets and food webs in the Swan–Canning estuary, River Science July 2009, Department of Water, Government of Western Australia 2Food segregation in three species of portunid crabs, R. S. S. Wu & P. K. S. Shin, Hydrobiologia 362: 107–113, 1998. 3Dietary composition of the blue swimmer crab Portunus pelagicus L. Does it vary with body size and shell state and between estuaries?, S. de Lestang, M.E. Platell, I.C. Potter, J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 246 (2000) 241–257 4Foraging Behaviour of the Crab Plover Dromas ardeola at Ko Libong, Southern Thailand, C. Swennen, N. Ruttanadakul, S. Ardseungnurn and J.R. Howes, Natural History Bulletin of the Siam Society, 35: 27 - 33 5Prasad PN, Neelakantan B. (1988) Food and feeding of the mud crab Scylla serrata Forskal (Decapoda: Portunidae) from Karwar waters. Indian J Fish 35: 164-170 6Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19 7Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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