Cancer plebejus Poeppig, 1836
Chilean crab
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Family:  Cancridae (rock crabs)
Max. size:  15 cm CW (male/unsexed); 11 cm CW (female)
Environment:  benthic; marine; depth range 10 - 1138 m
Distribution:  Southeast Pacific and Southwest Atlantic: Chile and Peru.
Biology:  Found on soft-bottom sublittoral habitats. Mainly epifaunal but can be considered a bioturbator as it reworks sediments. Notably disturbs the sea floor, exhibiting "sediment mining" behavior while in search of prey. Predatory (Ref. 106462).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. 123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Pan-Saniano, Marianne - 20.11.12

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