Chaceon fenneri

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Chaceon fenneri
Chaceon fenneri from NOAA.jpg
Chaceon fenneri and a blackbelly rosefish
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Brachyura
Family: Geryonidae
Genus: Chaceon
Species: C. fenneri
Binomial name
Chaceon fenneri
(Manning & Holthuis, 1984)

Geryon fenneri

Chaceon fenneri, commonly known as the golden crab or golden deepsea crab, is one of several species of crab harvested for food by humans. It was formerly called Geryon fenneri. Like the blue crab, its common name comes from the color of its shell; it is usually cream to tan in color. Both parts of the binomen Chaceon fenneri commemorate Fenner A. Chace, Jr.[1] It is found on the ocean floor at depths of 200 to 1,500 m (660–4,920 ft) in the tropical west Atlantic, ranging from the Gulf of Mexico to Brazil.[2] It cannot swim. The carapace of this large crab measures up to 20 cm (7.9 in),[2] making the entire animal similar in size to a dinner plate.[3] Its diet includes benthic (bottom-dwelling) organisms like mollusks and worms.


  1. ^ Raymond B. Manning & L. B. Holthuis (1989). "Two new genera and nine new species of geryonid crabs (Crustacea, Decapoda, Geryonidae)" (PDF). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. 102 (1): 50–57. 
  2. ^ a b Carvalho, Filho and Lotufo (2009). Note on the fisheries and biology of the golden crab (Chaceon fenneri) off the northern coast of Brazil. Lat. Am. J. Aquat. Res., 37(3): 571-576.
  3. ^ "NOAA Ocean Explorer: Investigating the Charleston Bump". Retrieved August 9, 2008. 

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