Xantho poressa

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Xantho poressa
Xantho poressa 2008 G1.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Brachyura
Family: Xanthidae
Genus: Xantho
Species: X. poressa
Binomial name
Xantho poressa
(Olivi, 1792)
Synonyms [1]
  • Alpheus tinctor Weber, 1795 (nomen nudum)
  • Cancer poressa Olivi, 1792
  • Cancer tinctor Fabricius, 1798
  • Xantho rivulosa Risso, 1827

Xantho poressa is a species of crab from the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and parts of the eastern Atlantic Ocean.[1] It is one of four species in the genus Xantho.[2]

Juveniles live in Posidonia meadows until their last moult, at which point they migrate to the nearest rocky substrate.[3]

Underside of a "berried" female, carrying eggs under her abdomen


  1. ^ a b Charles Fransen & Michael Türkay (2009). "Xantho poressa (Olivi, 1792)". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved April 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ S. Reuschel & C. D. Schubart (2006). "Phylogeny and geographic differentiation of atlanto-mediterranean species of the genus Xantho (Crustacea: Brachyura: Xanthidae) based on genetic and morphometric analyses". Marine Biology. 148 (4): 853–866. doi:10.1007/s00227-005-0095-1. 
  3. ^ Roberto Bedini (2002). "Colour change and mimicry from juvenile to adult: Xantho poressa (Olivi, 1792) (Brachyura, Xanthidae) and Carcinus maenas (Linnaeus, 1758) (Brachyura, Portunidae)". Crustaceana. 75 (5): 703–710. doi:10.1163/156854002760202688. JSTOR 20105448.