Velvet swimcrab

Order: 
Decapoda
Family: 
Portunidae

Marine decapod crustacean. Wide caparace, with about 8-10 small teeth between the eyes. The first pair of legs finish in strong pincers. The caparace and the legs are covered with an abundant hair that gives them a velvety appearance. Brown color; legs and pincers with zones without hair, blue, and red joints; red eye peduncles. It measures up to 8 cm.

International Designations

Germany: 
Wollige Schwimmkrabbe
France: 
Etrille
Italy: 
Necora
Portugal: 
Navalheira felpuda
UK: 
Velvet swimcrab
Fishing gears: 
Pots traps
FAO code: 
LIO
Scientific name: 
Necora puber
Type: 
Crustacean
Fishing areas: 
Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 34: the Eastern Central part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 37: the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea
Global production (Tons): 
650
Fishing seasons: 
MAY
JUN
JUL
AGO
SEP
OCT
NOV