The blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) (Portunidae), the lady crab (Ovalipes ocellatus) (Portunidae), and the Atlantic rock crab (Cancer irroratus) (Cancridae) are the largest and most common brachyuran crabs inhabiting both estuaries and inner continental shelves of the northeast coast of North America.
The lady crab is most common on sand substrates (Williams, 1984).
The diet of the lady crab is mainly bivalves such as Mya arenaria and Spisula solidissima, and some crustaceans (McDermott, 1983; Ropes, 1989; Stehlik, 1993).
Blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) and lady crab (Ovalipes ocellatus) dominated the diet of cobia.
Index of relative importance (IRI) values for blue crab (5257) and lady crab (3665) were two orders of magnitude higher than IRI values for other prey items.
Conversely, consumption of lady crab was greatest at the mouth of the Bay and least along the eastern shore of the Bay (Fig.
The lady crab
rather fancied him, particularly as she noticed he walked straight instead of sideways like other crabs.
can carry up to 30,000 tiny eggs under their apron, which looks like a turned-under tail.
I also learned that male crabs have two willies and that lady crabs
have two, er, lady things.
Male crabs click and wave them to attract lady crabs
and drive away other males.
The fishing authorities ban keeping lady crabs
in order to preserve the population and any found on board can result in thousands of dollars in fines and even prison.
Deep burial as a refuge for lady crabs
Ovalipes ocellatus: comparisons with blue crabs Callinectes sapidus.