Atlantic Blue Crab Callinectes sapidus

The Atlantic blue crab’s scientific name means “beautiful savory swimmer.”

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ORIGIN:
Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico

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HABITAT:
Brackish coastal lagoons and estuaries

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
1-2 pounds
Length: 4 inches long, 9 inches wide

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DIET:
Mussels, snails, fish, plants, carrion and other blue crabs

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PREDATORS:
Humans, fish, eels, sharks

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Hard shell, pinchers

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REPRODUCTION:
Average sponge contains about two million eggs

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THREATS:
Overharvesting

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
Up to 3 years

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