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Metacarcinus gracilis (Graceful crab),17 meters,12ºC, Santa Rosa Island, California ,2016
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lexID: 12074 Scientific: Metacarcinus gracilis German: Hübscher Taschenkrebs, Anmutiger Taschenkrebs English: Graceful rock crab, Graceful crab, Slender crab Category: Crabs Family tree: Animalia (Kingdom) > Arthropoda (Phylum) > Malacostraca (Class) > Decapoda (Order) > Cancridae (Family) > Metacarcinus (Genus) > gracilis (Species) Initial determination: (Dana, ), 1852 Occurrence: Alaska, Canada , Gulf of California, Mexico (East Pacific), North Pacific (Ocean) Sea depth: 1 - 189 Meter Size: 2.36" - 4.33" (6cm - 11,5cm) Temperature: 44.6 °F - 53.6 °F (7°C - 12°C) Food: Carnivore, Carrion, Crustaceans, Invertebrates, Zoobenthos Difficulty: Cold water animal Offspring: None Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown Red List: Not evaluated (NE) Related species at Catalog of Life:
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Metacarcinus gracilis (Dana, 1852)
The slender crab carapace is usually olive brown, and its legs vary from yellowish brown to purple.
Larvae and small juveniles of this species are often seen riding jellyfish, especially Phacellophora camtschatica. The juvenile crabs steal food from the jellyfish and also clean off parasitic amphipods
Similar to Metacarcinus magister.
Cancer gracilis Dana, 1852
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