WoRMS taxon details

Callinectes sapidus Rathbun, 1896

107379  (urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:107379)

accepted
Species
marine
Rathbun, M. J. 1986. The genus Callinectes. P.U.S. Mus. xviii, pp. 349-375, pls. xii-xxviii. [details]   
Distribution Scattered records from Denmark to Mediterranean. Firmly established in east Mediterrenean.  
Distribution Scattered records from Denmark to Mediterranean. Firmly established in east Mediterrenean. [details]

Distribution The adult crab C. sapidus inhabits estuaries and river mouths.  
Distribution The adult crab C. sapidus inhabits estuaries and river mouths. [details]

Distribution Nova Scotia to Florida and Texas; Bermuda; West Indies to Uruguay  
Distribution Nova Scotia to Florida and Texas; Bermuda; West Indies to Uruguay [details]
WoRMS (2018). Callinectes sapidus Rathbun, 1896. Accessed at: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=107379 on 2018-05-21
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original description Rathbun, M. J. 1986. The genus Callinectes. P.U.S. Mus. xviii, pp. 349-375, pls. xii-xxviii. [details]   

basis of record Türkay, M. (2001). Decapoda, in: Costello, M.J. et al. (Ed.) (2001). European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. Collection Patrimoines Naturels, 50: pp. 284-292 (look up in IMIS[details]   

additional source Meinkoth, N.A. 1981. Field guide to North American seashore creatures. The Audubon Society. Alfred A. Knopf. New York. 799 p. [details]   

additional source Pollock, L.W. (1998). A practical guide to the marine animals of northeastern North America. Rutgers University Press. New Brunswick, New Jersey & London. 367 pp., available online at http://books.google.com/books?id=i1AmT31cuR4C  [details]   

additional source Muller, Y. (2004). Faune et flore du littoral du Nord, du Pas-de-Calais et de la Belgique: inventaire. [Coastal fauna and flora of the Nord, Pas-de-Calais and Belgium: inventory]. Commission Régionale de Biologie Région Nord Pas-de-Calais: France. 307 pp., available online at http://www.vliz.be/imisdocs/publications/145561.pdf [details]   

additional source Streftaris, N.; Zenetos, A.; Papathanassiou, E. (2005). Globalisation in marine ecosystems: the story of non-indigenous marine species across European seas. Oceanogr. Mar. Biol. Ann. Rev. 43: 419-453. (look up in IMIS[details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 

additional source Zenetos, A., M.E. Çinar, M.A. Pancucci-Papadopoulou, J.G. Harmelin, G. Furnari, F. Andaloro, N. Bellou, N. Streftaris & H. Zibrowius. (2005). Annotated list of marine alien species in the Mediterranean with records of the worst invasive species. Mediterranean Marine Science 6(2):63-118. [details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 

additional source Felder, D. L., Álvarez. F.,Goy, J.W. & Lemaitre, R. (2009). Decapoda (Crustacea) of the Gulf of Mexico, with comments on the Amphionidacea,. Felder, D.L., and Camp, D.K. (eds), Gulf of Mexico - Origins, Waters, and Biota. Vol. 1. Biodiversity. Pp. 1019–1104 (Texas A&M University Press: College Station, Texas)., available online at http://biogomx.net/sites/default/files/pdfs/chapters/59-Felder%20et%20al%202009-Decapoda%20of%20the%20GoMx.pdf [details]   

additional source Occhipinti-Ambrogi, A.; Marchini, A.; Cantone, G.; Castelli, A.; Chimenz, C.; Cormaci, M.; Froglia, C.; Furnari, G.; Gambi, M. C.; Giaccone, G.; Giangrande, A.; Gravili, C.; Mastrototaro, F.; Mazziotti, C.; Orsi-Relini, L.; Piraino, S. (2010). Alien species along the Italian coasts: an overview. Biological Invasions. 13(1): 215-237., available online at https://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-010-9803-y [details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 

additional source Zenetos, A.; Gofas, S.; Verlaque, M.; Cinar, M.; Garcia Raso, J.; Bianchi, C.; Morri, C.; Azzurro, E.; Bilecenoglu, M.; Froglia, C.; Siokou, I.; Violanti, D.; Sfriso, A.; San Martin, G.; Giangrande, A.; Katagan, T.; Ballesteros, E.; Ramos-Espla, A.; Mastrototaro, F.; Ocana, O.; Zingone, A.; Gambi, M.; Streftaris, N. (2010). Alien species in the Mediterranean Sea by 2010. A contribution to the application of European Union’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). Part I. Spatial distribution. Mediterranean Marine Science. 11(2): 381-493., available online at https://doi.org/10.12681/mms.87 [details]  OpenAccess publication 

additional source Galil, B. (2007). Seeing Red: Alien species along the Mediterranean coast of Israel. Aquatic Invasions. 2(4): 281-312., available online at https://doi.org/10.3391/ai.2007.2.4.2 [details]  OpenAccess publication 

additional source Marchini, A.; Ferrario, J.; Sfriso, A.; Occhipinti-Ambrogi, A. (2015). Current status and trends of biological invasions in the Lagoon of Venice, a hotspot of marine NIS introductions in the Mediterranean Sea. Biological Invasions. , available online at https://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-015-0922-3 [details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 

additional source Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS). , available online at http://www.itis.gov [details]   

additional source Adema, J.P.H.M. (1991). De krabben van Nederland en Belgie (Crustacea, Decapoda, Brachyura) [The crabs of the Netherlands and Belgium (Crustacea, Decapoda, Brachyura)]. Nationaal Natuurhistorisch Museum: Leiden, The Netherlands. ISBN 90-73239-02-8. 244 pp. (look up in IMIS[details]   

basis of record  (ofPortunus diacantha Latreille, 1825) Adema, J.P.H.M. (1991). De krabben van Nederland en Belgie (Crustacea, Decapoda, Brachyura) [The crabs of the Netherlands and Belgium (Crustacea, Decapoda, Brachyura)]. Nationaal Natuurhistorisch Museum: Leiden, The Netherlands. ISBN 90-73239-02-8. 244 pp. (look up in IMIS[details]   

source of synonymy  (ofPortunus diacantha Latreille, 1825) Adema, J.P.H.M. (1991). De krabben van Nederland en Belgie (Crustacea, Decapoda, Brachyura) [The crabs of the Netherlands and Belgium (Crustacea, Decapoda, Brachyura)]. Nationaal Natuurhistorisch Museum: Leiden, The Netherlands. ISBN 90-73239-02-8. 244 pp. (look up in IMIS[details]   

context source (Introduced species) Fofonoff, P.W.; Ruiz, G.M.; Steves, B.; Carlton, J.T. (2014). National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System (NEMESIS), available online at http://invasions.si.edu/nemesis [details]   

context source (Schelde) Maris, T.; Beauchard, O.; Van Damme, S.; Van den Bergh, E.; Wijnhoven, S.; Meire, P. (2013). Referentiematrices en Ecotoopoppervlaktes Annex bij de Evaluatiemethodiek Schelde-estuarium Studie naar “Ecotoopoppervlaktes en intactness index”. Monitor Taskforce Publication Series, 2013-01. NIOZ: Yerseke. 35 pp. (look up in IMIS[details]   
 
 Present  Inaccurate  Introduced: alien 
 

From regional or thematic species database
Introduced species abundance in French part of the Bay of Biscay (Marine Region) : One specimen was collected in 1900 in Rochefort, France (Goulletquer et al. 2002). [details]

Introduced species impact in Celtic Sea (IHO Sea Area) : Other impact - undefined or uncertain [details]

Introduced species impact in German part of the North Sea (Marine Region) : Other impact - undefined or uncertain [details]

Introduced species impact in France (Nation) : Loss of aquaculture/commercial/recreational harvest or gain [details]

Introduced species management in German part of the North Sea (Marine Region) : yes [details]

Introduced species population trend in Aegean Sea (IHO Sea Area) : Blue crabs are established in the eastern Mediterranean (Galil 2002), the Aegean Sea (Enzenrob et al. 1997), the Adriatic Sea (Beqiraj and Kashta 2010), and the Gulf of Taranto (Gennaio et al. 2006). In several locations, such as the Nile Delta and the Aegean Sea, large population outbreaks have occurred followed by sharp declines (Anonymous 1965; Enzenrob et al. 1997). [details]

Introduced species population trend in Italian part of the Ligurian Sea (Marine Region) : There are only isolated records in the central and western Mediterranean (Malta, northwest Italy, France) and its establishment in this region is unknown. [details]

Introduced species population trend in French part of the Bay of Biscay (Marine Region) : There are only isolated records in the central and western Mediterranean (Malta, northwest Italy, France) and its establishment in this region is unknown. [details]

Introduced species population trend in Maltese part of the Mediterranean Sea - Eastern Basin : There are only isolated records in the central and western Mediterranean (Malta, northwest Italy, France) and its establishment in this region is unknown. [details]

Introduced species population trend in Mediterranean Sea - Western Basin (IHO Sea Area) : There are only isolated records in the central and western Mediterranean (Malta, northwest Italy, France) and its establishment in this region is unknown. [details]

Introduced species population trend in Belgian part of the North Sea : Several reproducing populations are known from waters receiving thermal effluents from power plants in the Netherlands and Belgium (Wolff 2005, Kerckhof et al. 2007; Nehring 2011).  [details]

Introduced species remark in Spanish part of the Mediterranean Sea - Western Basin (Marine Region) : "Callinectes sapidus...was [previously] reported from the Mediterranean and Aegean coast of Turkey and was previously reported from the Sea of Marmara (Zaitsev and Ozturk 2001)". [details]

Introduced species remark In Greek part of the Ionian Sea (Marine Region) : One of the worst invasive aquatic species in the Mediterranean Sea.  [details]

Introduced species vector dispersal in France (Nation) : Shipping [details]

Introduced species vector dispersal in Belgian part of the North Sea: Ships: accidental with ballast water, sea water systems, live wells or other deck basins [details]

Introduced species vector dispersal in Maltese part of the Mediterranean Sea - Eastern Basin (Marine Region) : Unknown [details]

Introduced species vector dispersal in German part of the North Sea (Marine Region) : Possible pathways of introduction include active migration, larval dispersal via water currents or ships's hulls. [details]

Introduced species vector dispersal in Black Sea (IHO Sea Area) : Ships: accidental with ballast water, sea water systems, live wells or other deck basins
These crabs are abundant in and near the major seaports of the Eastern US, and occur in the water column as larvae and swimming juveniles, making them likely candidates for ballast water transport. [details]

Introduced species vector dispersal in Greek part of the Ionian Sea (Marine Region) : Natural dispersal
Dispersal from populations already present in the Mediterranean [details]

Introduced species vector dispersal in Turkey (Nation) : Ships: general [details]

From other sources
Alien species The blue crab Callinectes sapidus is a crab species that occurs naturally along the Atlantic coast of America. It lives in shallow estuaries, and female blue crabs migrate to the sea to lay their eggs. After the eggs have hatched, the young crabs migrate to estuaries. In 1989, a dead blue crab was found in the cooling system of a factory in Antwerp, Belgium. Four years later, in 1993, the first living specimen was discovered in the cooling system of a nuclear factory in Doel, Belgium. The cold winter temperatures of Belgian waters more than likely prevent an explosive growth of this species in this region… [details]

Distribution Scattered records from Denmark to Mediterranean. Firmly established in east Mediterrenean. [details]

Distribution The adult crab C. sapidus inhabits estuaries and river mouths. [details]

Distribution Nova Scotia to Florida and Texas; Bermuda; West Indies to Uruguay [details]

Habitat Found in brackish waters from the sublittoral zone to 37 m depth, prefers mud substrate. [details]

Importance Important commercial softshell crab. [details]

Introduced species population trend in Dutch part of the North Sea : Several reproducing populations are known from waters receiving thermal effluents from power plants in the Netherlands and Belgium (Wolff 2005, Kerckhof et al. 2007; Nehring 2011).  [details]

Reproduction Females migrate toward seawater for egg laying. [details]
 

LanguageName 
Danish Blå svømmekrabbe  [details]
Dutch blauwe zwemkrabblauwe krab  [details]
English softshell crabhardshell or softshell crabhardshell crabblue crabAmerican blue crab  [details]
French crabe savoureuxcrabe bleu  [details]
German Blaukrabbeblaue Schwimmkrabbe  [details]
Italian granchio realegranchio blu  [details]
Japanese アオガザミ/アオガニ  [details]
Modern Greek (1453-) Γαλαζοκάβουρας  [details]
Portuguese siri-tingasiri-azul  [details]
Spanish jaibacangrejo azul  [details]