Velvet Swimming Crab

Velvet Swimming Crab - Tim MorleyVelvet Swimming Crab - Tim Morley

Latin name: Necora puber

Description: Velvet crabs have a flat, velvety, rectangular shell, growing to 65mm long. The top of the shell comprises of five sharp teeth on each side and 10 sharp teeth between the eyes. It has bright red eyes, with blue and brown colouration. It is a ferocious species which is also fast moving and commercially fished.

Habitat: Found in the lower regions of moderately sheltered intertidal rocky shores and shallow subtidal environments.

Status: Widespread throughout UK and Channel Islands.