Malacostraca | Decapoda
Holthuis, L.B. 1980. (Ref. 8)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 14.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 434)
Benthic; depth range 25 - 774 m (Ref. 104453)
Climate / Range
Tropical; 39°N - 37°S, 18°W - 33°E
Eastern Atlantic and Western Indian Ocean: Morocco, Gibraltar Strait to South Africa, off Natal.
Occurs at depths of 50 to 450 m with juveniles common at 50 to 100 m (Ref. 8). Inhabits sand and mud bottoms. Feeds on benthic organisms (polychaetes, small crustaceans and mollusks (Ref. 434). Members of the order Decapoda are mostly gonochoric. Mating behavior: Precopulatory courtship ritual is common (through olfactory and tactile cues); usually indirect sperm transfer (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial
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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)