Liocarcinus vernalis

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Liocarcinus vernalis
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Brachyura
Family: Portunidae
Genus: Liocarcinus
Species: L. vernalis
Binomial name
Liocarcinus vernalis
(Risso, 1816) [1]
Synonyms [1]
  • Macropipus vernalis (Risso, 1827)
  • Polybius vernalis (Risso, 1827)
  • Portunus barbarus Lucas, 1846
  • Portunus dubius Rathke, 1837
  • Portunus valentieni Cocco, 1833
  • Portunus vernalis Risso, 1816

Liocarcinus vernalis, the grey swimming crab, is a small, shallow-water crab in the family Portunidae. L. vernalis was thought for a long time to be a predominantly Mediterranean species, but its known range was extended by a series of observations in the 1980s and 1990s. It ranges from West Africa to the southern North Sea.[2]


  1. ^ a b P. Davie, C. Fransen & M. Türkay (2010). "Liocarcinus vernalis (Risso, 1816)". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved September 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ Alison M. McCarthy, David McGrath & Brendan M. Allen (2005). "The grey swimming crab Liocarcinus vernalis (Risso, 1827) in western Irish coastal waters (Decapoda: Brachyura, Portunidae)". Irish Naturalists' Journal. 28 (1): 20–26. JSTOR 25536612.