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Pleuroncodes planipes

Pleuroncodes planipesis commonly referred to as Tuna Crab. Difficulty in the aquarium: There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.


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Pleuroncodes planipes, Red Crab or Tuna Crab, in Tidepool.Body 7cm long.North Point, Morro Strand State Beach,Morro Bay, California 2018


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lexID:
8497 
AphiaID:
392683 
Scientific:
Pleuroncodes planipes 
German:
Thunfisch-Furchenkrebs 
English:
Tuna Crab 
Category:
другие Ракообразные 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Arthropoda (Phylum) > Malacostraca (Class) > Decapoda (Order) > Munididae (Family) > Pleuroncodes (Genus) > planipes (Species) 
Initial determination:
Stimpson, 1860 
Sea depth:
0 - 366 Meter 
Size:
bis zu 7.5cm 
Temperature:
9°C - 21°C 
Difficulty:
There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully 
Offspring:
None 
Toxicity:
Toxic hazard unknown 
CITES:
Not evaluated 
Red List:
Not evaluated (NE) 
Related species at
Catalog of Life
:
 
Author:
Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2017-08-22 21:00:50 

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Pleuroncodes planipes Stimpson, 1860

Pelagic tuna crabs (Pleuroncodes planipes) are normally found off the Pacific coast of Baja. When they are found in California it is a sure sign that southern water has moved north. They are one to three inches in length, and swim backward by flipping their tails and streamlining their legs. At times they settle to the ocean bottom and hide in holes in the sand. At other times they drift and swim with currents, moving up and down the water column in search of planktonic bits of food that they capture with appendage hairs. They are known to be a food source for the blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus). They can congegrate in vast swarms, thick enough to color the ocean surface red and washing ashore in great drifts to be mistaken for baby lobsters. Such swarms are often in association with El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) events. Tuna crabs are also a source of food for fish, especially yellowtail and various tuna species, and for rays and pinnipeds as well. At times marine birds gorge so heavily on tuna crabs that they cannot fly!

Source:http://www.oceanlight.com/html/pelagic_tuna_crab.html

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