Yellow Crab

Picture of Yellow Crab (Eriphia verrucosa)

Description of the Yellow Crab

The Yellow Crab is found in the Eastern Mediterranean, Atlantic and Black sea living among stones and seaweed at depths of up to 15m. Its coloring can vary from a brownish-red to a brownish-green with yellow spots. Its claws are black with  one larger than the other, the claws also differ in shape. One claw has rounder 'fingers' whilst the other is sharp.

Popular Name: Yellow Crab
Species: Eriphia verrucosa

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Yellow Crab

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Profile of the Yellow Crab
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Yellow Crab species.

  • Size: Up to 7cm Wide and 9cm in Length

  • Diet / Feeding: Sea Snails, Limpets, Sea Slugs, Clams, Oysters, Mussels, Scallops, Worms

  • Habitat: Lives amongst stones and seaweed in shallow waters, depths up to 15m

  • Range: Eastern Atlantic, Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea

Scientific Classification of the Yellow Crab
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Eriphia verrucosa

  • Popular Name: Yellow Crab - Warty Crab

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Arthropoda

  • Class: Malacostraca

  • Order: Decapoda

  • Family: Eriphiidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Yellow Crab?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist! Male Crabs usually have larger claws whilst female crabs have a wider more rounded abdomen.

 

Interesting Facts and Information - Why do Yellow Crab have gills?
Gills enable the Yellow Crab to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why is the Yellow Crab called an Arthropod?
An Arthropod is an invertebrate animal (without a backbone) that has a segmented body with jointed limbs (appendages). True crabs are Decapod Crustaceans. Some species such as Hermit crabs, Porcelain crabs King crabs and Horseshoe crabs are not true crabs!  Decapod Crustaceans have five pairs of legs, the first three are used for feeding. At the end of the limbs are the chelae which is the correct term for pincers or claws.

Interesting Facts and Information about Yellow Crab

Yellow Crab

  • Interesting Information about the Yellow Crab

  • Facts about Fish Species - What are Crustaceans?

  • Why do the Crustaceans have an exoskeleton (external skeleton)?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Crustaceans called Arthropods?

  • Species: Eriphia verrucosa

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