BIOTIC Species Information for Macropipus tuberculatus
Researched byCharlotte Marshall Data supplied byMarLIN
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Scientific nameMacropipus tuberculatus Common nameA portunid crab
MCS CodeS1587 Recent Synonyms

PhylumCrustacea Subphylum
Superclass ClassEumalacostraca
SubclassEucarida OrderDecapoda
SuborderPleocyemata FamilyPortunidae
GenusMacropipus Speciestuberculatus

Additional Information
Taxonomy References
General Biology
Growth formArticulate
Feeding methodOmnivore
Environmental positionEpibenthic
Typical food types HabitFree living
Bioturbator FlexibilityNone (< 10 degrees)
FragilityFragile SizeSmall-medium(3-10cm)
HeightInsufficient information Growth RateInsufficient information
Adult dispersal potential1km-10km DependencyIndependent
General Biology Additional InformationIn NW Med, carapace length of males and females reported up to 39 and 36 mm respectively (Abelló et al., 1990). Juveniles can live hollowed into the substrate.
Biology References
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandFound in south-west British and southern Irish waters.
Global distributionWest Norway to Morocco and Med.
Biogeographic rangeNot researched Depth rangeTo ca 2800 m (Guerao & Abelló, 1999).
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferencesMud
Physiographic preferencesInsufficient information
Biological zoneInsufficient information
Wave exposureInsufficient information
Tidal stream strength/Water flowInsufficient information
SalinityInsufficient information
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References Guerao & Abelló, 1999,
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive typeGonochoristic
Developmental mechanismPlanktotrophic
Reproductive SeasonInsufficient information Reproductive LocationInsufficient information
Reproductive frequencyAnnual protracted Regeneration potential No
Life spanInsufficient information Age at reproductive maturityInsufficient information
Generation timeInsufficient information FecundityUp to 65,000 eggs.
Egg/propagule sizeInsufficient information Fertilization type
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potentialInsufficient information Larval settlement periodInsufficient information
Duration of larval stageInsufficient information   
Reproduction Preferences Additional InformationIn the Med, ovigerous females were found between July and March with a peak from November to January (Abelloó, 1989b) and at least one third of the females were able to produce more than one brood per season (Mori, 1987).
Reproduction References Abelló et al., 1990, Abelló, 1989b, Mori, 1987,
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