Rhithropanopeus harrisii   (Gould, 1841)

Harris mud crab

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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Malacostraca | Decapoda | Panopeidae

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Benthic; brackish; depth range 0 - 43 m (Ref. 108755).  Temperate

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Eastern Pacific and Western Atlantic: North America, Canada to Brazil.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?, range 1 - 1 cm Max length : 2.0 cm CW male/unsexed; (Ref. 79470); max. reported age: 2.00 years (Ref. 109497)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Euryhaline. Prefers brackish waters, found in estuaries or quasi-freshwater lakes. Lives in muddy or sandy substrates, as well as on oyster reefs, vegetation, logs and manmade debris (Ref. 108786). Also on rubble (Ref. 97531). Omnivorous scavenger (Ref. 108786).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Life cycle: It undergoes four (4) zoeal stages and one (1) megalopa before turning into adult (Refs. 79470, 109437, 109442, 109461). Mating behavior: Precopulatory courtship ritual is common (through olfactory and tactile cues); usually indirect sperm transfer (Ref. 833). Spawning occurs from July to August in northern latitudes, April to September in mid latitudes, and April to November in southern latitudes (Ref. 109493). Females burrow in the sand to lay eggs prior to copulation, brooding takes 15-19 days (Ref. 109502).

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Hill, M., R. Baker, G. Broad, P.J. Chandler, G.H. Coop, J. Ellis, D. Jones, C. Hoyland, I. Laing, M. Longshaw, N. Moore, D. Parrott, D. Pearman, C. Preston, R.M. Smith and R. Waters. 2005. (Ref. 1314)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses

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Internet sources

BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(Publication : search) | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | 1 GoMexSI (interaction data) | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | ispecies | PubMed | Tree of Life | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 7.2 - 22.9, mean 14.2 (based on 234 cells).
Price category (Ref. 80766)