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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. It is the Maryland state crustacean and is the state's largest commercial fishery.
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Protected Areas

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

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Parasitized by 
Hysterothylacium reliquens <Unverified Name>[17]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)


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

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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
4Density-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
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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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