BIOTIC Species Information for Macropodia spp.
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Scientific nameMacropodia spp. Common nameA spider crab
MCS CodeS1529 Recent Synonyms

PhylumArthropoda SubphylumCrustacea
Superclass ClassMalacostraca
SubclassEumalacostraca OrderDecapoda
SuborderPleocyemata FamilyInachidae
GenusMacropodia Species

Additional Information
Taxonomy References Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Howson & Picton, 1997, Hayward et al., 1996,
General Biology
Growth form Feeding methodOmnivore
Environmental positionEpibenthic
Typical food types HabitFree living
Bioturbator Flexibility
FragilityFragile SizeSmall(1-2cm)
Height Growth Rate
Adult dispersal potential Dependency
General Biology Additional Information
Biology References Van Noort & Adema, 1985, Lebour, 1926,
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandAll Great Britain
Global distributionAtlantic, Mediterranean
Biogeographic rangeTemperate Depth range0-168 m depth
Distribution Additional InformationMacropodia linaresi and Macropodia deflexa are limited to the southern and southern/western coasts of the UK respectively.

Substratum preferencesMixed
Physiographic preferences
Biological zoneSublittoral Fringe
Wave exposure
Tidal stream strength/Water flow Salinity
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References Ingle, 1996, Ingle, 1980, Crothers & Crothers, 1988, NBN, 2002, JNCC, 1999, Hayward et al., 1996, NBN, 2002,
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive typeGonochoristic
Developmental mechanismPlanktotrophic
Reproductive SeasonAll year Reproductive Location
Reproductive frequencyAnnual protracted Regeneration potential No
Life span3-5 years Age at reproductive maturity<1 year
Generation time Fecundity
Egg/propagule size600 µm diameter Fertilization typeInternal
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potential Larval settlement period
Duration of larval stage11-30 days   
Reproduction Preferences Additional Information
Reproduction References Salman, 1981, Lebour, 1926, Gonzalez-Gordillo & Rodriguez, 2001, Ingle, 1982,
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