Inachus phalangium

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Inachus phalangium
Scientific classification
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Genus:
Inachus
Species:
I. phalangium
Binomial name
Inachus phalangium
(Fabricius, 1775)
Synonyms [1]
  • Cancer phalangium Fabricius, 1775
    nomen protectum
  • Cancer satuak Herbst, 1782
  • Cancer tribulus Linnaeus, 1767 – suppressed
  • Inachus dorhynchus Leach, 1814
  • Inachus dorynchus Leach, 1814
  • Macropus aracnides Risso, 1816

Inachus phalangium, Leach's spider crab, is a

Inachus
.

Description

Large males may reach a

Inachus dorsettensis, but has less prominent spines on the carapace.[2]

Distribution

I. phalangium is found in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, from Norway in the north to West Africa and the Cape Verde islands in the south, and extending into the Mediterranean Sea.[2] It lives at depths of 11–55 metres (40–180 ft).[2]

Ecology

The snakelocks anemone, Anemonia sulcata

Inachus phalangium lives

predators by sheltering beneath the anemone's stinging tentacles.[5] The crab eats particles of food dropped by the sea anemone, and mucus from the surface of the anemone.[6]

Taxonomy

The earliest scientific description of Leach's spider crab may have been

protected by being placed on the Official List of Specific Names in Zoology.[9]

References

  1. ^ Charles Fransen; Michael Türkay (2010). "Inachus phalangium (Fabricius, 1775)". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved February 18, 2011.
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  3. ^ M. J. de Kluiver; S. S. Ingalsuo. "Inachus phalangium". Macrobenthos of the North Sea: Crustacea. Universiteit van Amsterdam. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved February 18, 2011.
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  7. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
    . 19 (3): 184–188.
  8. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
    . 21 (3): 208–209.
  9. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature
    . 23 (1): 19–21.

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