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Liocarcinus depurator, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Superclassis: Multicrustacea
Classis: Malacostraca
Subclassis: Eumalacostraca
Superordo: Eucarida
Ordo: Decapoda
Subordo: Pleocyemata
Infraordo: Brachyura
Sectio: Eubrachyura
Subsectio: Heterotremata
Superfamilia: Portunoidea

Familia: Portunidae
Genus: Liocarcinus
Species: Liocarcinus depurator

Liocarcinus depurator (Linnaeus, 1785)
Vernacular names
galego: Patulate
Nederlands: Blauwpootzwemkrab

Liocarcinus depurator, sometimes called the harbour crab[2] or sandy swimming crab,[3] is a species of crab found in the North Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and Black Sea.[4] It grows up to 50 millimetres (2.0 in) in width and 40 mm (1.6 in) long,[5] and can be distinguished from other crabs, such as the shore crab Carcinus maenas, by the curved rows of white spots on its carapace.[2]

The species was first described by Carl Linnaeus in 1758, in his 10th edition of Systema Naturae. It has a synonym, Portunus plicatus, which was given by Antoine Risso in 1816.[1]

The females in this species reach maturity within their first year of life. They reach their peak of reproduction during the winter time in the Mediterranean.[6]

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A. Suat Ateş. "Liocarcinus depurator (Linnaeus, 1758) and Brachynotus sexdentatus (Risso, 1827) (Decapoda, Brachyura): two new records for the Turkish Black Sea fauna" (PDF). Turkish Journal of Zoology. 23 (1999): 115–118. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-16. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
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