Liocarcinus holsatus

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Liocarcinus holsatus
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Brachyura
Family: Portunidae
Genus: Liocarcinus
Species: L. holsatus
Binomial name
Liocarcinus holsatus
(Fabricius, 1798) [1]
  • Polybius holsatus (Fabricius, 1798)
  • Macropipus holsatus (Fabricius, 1798)

Liocarcinus holsatus, sometimes known by the common name flying crab, is a species of swimming crab found chiefly in the North Sea, Irish Sea and English Channel.[2] It has a carapace up to 4 centimetres (1.6 in) wide, which is brownish-grey with a green tinge.[3] It is very similar in appearance to the harbour crab Liocarcinus depurator.[3]

The diet of P. holsatus comprises crustaceans, especially juvenile Crangon, molluscs such as Spisula elliptica, and fish.[4] P. holsatus sometimes hosts the parasitic barnacle Sacculina.[3]