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Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota (CAAB) Taxon Report


Animalia (kingdom)  »  Arthropoda (phylum)  »  Malacostraca (class)  »  Decapoda (order)  »  Portunidae (family)

CAAB Code: 28 911005 show as JSON
Scientific Name
and Authority

Portunus armatus   (A. Milne Edwards, 1861)

Rank: Species
CAAB category: 28 - Crustacea - Malacostraca Malacostracans: isopods, amphipods, euphausiids and decapods (prawns, lobsters, crabs, etc.)

Photographic Index of Australian Fishes (PIAF)

Image by: CSIRO Australian National Fish Collection
Licence: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike (CC BY-NC-SA)
Rights: CSIRO Australian National Fish Collection
Family: 28 911 Portunidae (swimmer crabs) - show full list
Common Name (AS5300): Blue Swimmer Crab
Common Names List: blue swimmer crab
blue swimming crab
sand crab
Organism Type: a crab
Synonyms: Portunus pelagicus
Taxon lists: Current Australian list:
Commercial species list:
Standard Fish Names List:
Habitat: Marine unspecified
Coastal (0-40m)
Parent Codes: 28 911922     Portunus spp.
Previous Codes
(if any)
00 702003, 702003
Distribution map:
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Occurrence locations [276] shown as red circles - View CSIRO Catch records
Taxon Notes: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).

Name status: accepted    Checked on: 2019-11-21
View at Atlas of Living Australia
Cleveland K2041230
ITIS 199965
View at ITIS
MoV 739
Name status: unaccepted    Checked on: 2022-04-14
View at WoRMS    - also at Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS) (report and map of occurrences)

CSIRO Marine Invertebrate Image Collection (MIIC)
Catalogue Number: MIIC-04595

CSIRO Specimen Reference: SS200705_188_055

Survey: SS200705 [details]
Date: 2007-07-07
Depth: 95.3 metres

Credit: CSIRO - Karen Gowlett-Holmes
Licence: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike (CC BY-NC-SA)
Record source: 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
Scientific Name
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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.
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