Liocarcinus depurator

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Liocarcinus depurator
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Adult L. depurator
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L. depurator for sale at a market
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Brachyura
Family: Portunidae
Genus: Liocarcinus
Species: L. depurator
Binomial name
Liocarcinus depurator
(Linnaeus, 1758[1]
Synonyms [1]

Portunus plicatus Risso, 1816

Liocarcinus depurator, sometimes called the harbour crab[2] or sandy swimming crab,[3] is a species of crab found in the North Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and Black Sea.[4] It grows up to 50 millimetres (2.0 in) in width and 40 mm (1.6 in) long,[5] and can be distinguished from other crabs, such as the shore crab Carcinus maenas, by the curved rows of white spots on its carapace.[2]

The species was first described by Carl Linnaeus in 1758, in his 10th edition of Systema Naturae. It has a synonym, Portunus plicatus, which was given by Antoine Risso in 1816.[1]