This species, which is commercially important in most Australian mainland states, was previously known as Portunus pelagicus, and is part of the P. pelagicus species complex widespread in the Indo-Pacific region. This complex has recently been shown to be four separate species, see Lai, Ng & Davie, 2010. This code replaces previous (interim) CAAB code 00 702003 (FISHLIST 702003).
Ng, P.K.L., 1998. Crabs. In: Carpenter, K.E. Niem, V.H., Editors, FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific., 2: 1045-1155. FAO, Rome
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Lai, J.C.Y., Ng, P.K.L., Davie, P.J.F., 2010. A revision of the Portunus pelagicus (Linnaeus, 1758) species complex (Crustacea: Brachyura: Portunidae), with the recognition of four species., The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, Vol. 58(2): 199-237.