Malacostraca | Decapoda
Environment / Climate / Range
Benthic; depth range 0 - 1 m (Ref. 435). Tropical; 37°N - 29°S, 26°W - 36°E
Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean: from Mauritania to Namibia and eastern Mediterranean. Tropical to subtropical.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 4.6 cm CL male/unsexed; (Ref. 435)
Maximum carapace width: 5.5 cm. Depth range is based on ecology (Ref. 435); to be replaced with a better reference. Semi-terrestrial (Ref. 105066). Inhabits sandy beaches, making burrows above high water line. Occurs at the high tide mark (Ref. 435). Nocturnal. Feeds on animal carcasses, picnic remains and vegetable matter. Also a predator of sea turtle eggs and hatchlings (Ref. 105066). Reported to mainly feed on ants and supplement its diet with crustaceans and drifting macroalgae (Ref. 105068). Members of the order Decapoda are mostly gonochoric. Mating behavior: Precopulatory courtship ritual is common (through olfactory and tactile cues); usually indirect sperm transfer (Ref. 833).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Members of the order Decapoda are mostly gonochoric. Mating behavior: Precopulatory courtship ritual is common (through olfactory and tactile cues); usually indirect sperm transfer.
Fischer, W., G. Bianchi and W.B. Scott (eds.). 1981. (Ref. 435)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on models
): 18.9 - 27.9, mean 21.8 (based on 414 cells).
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)