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Metacarcinus gracilis

Metacarcinus gracilis (Graceful crab),17 meters,12ºC, Santa Rosa Island, California ,2016

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Scientific:
Metacarcinus gracilis 
German:
Hübscher Taschenkrebs, Anmutiger Taschenkrebs 
English:
Graceful rock crab, Graceful crab, Slender crab 
Occurrence:
North Pacific (Ocean), Alaska, Californiske golf, Canada, Mexiko (Øst Pacific) 
Size:
6 cm - 11,5 cm 
Temperature:
7°C - 12°C 
Food:
Zoobenthos, Carnivore, Carrion, invertebrater, Skaldyr 
Difficulty:
Cold water animal 
Toxicity:
Toxic hazard unknown 

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Metacarcinus gracilis (Dana, 1852)

The slender crab carapace is usually olive brown, and its legs vary from yellowish brown to purple.

Larvae and small juveniles of this species are often seen riding jellyfish, especially Phacellophora camtschatica. The juvenile crabs steal food from the jellyfish and also clean off parasitic amphipods

Similar to Metacarcinus magister.

Synonymised names:
Cancer gracilis Dana, 1852

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Category:
Krabber 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Arthropoda (Phylum) > Malacostraca (Class) > Decapoda (Order) > Cancridae (Family) > Metacarcinus (Genus) > gracilis (Species) 
Initial determination:
(Dana, ), 1852 
Sea depth:
1 - 189 Meter 
Offspring:
None 
Red List:
Not evaluated (NE) 
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