pea crab


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pea crab

n
(Animals) any of various globular soft-bodied crabs of the genus Pinnotheres and related genera that live commensally in the mantles of certain bivalves
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Noun1.pea crab - tiny soft-bodied crab living commensally in the mantles of certain bivalve mollusks
crab - decapod having eyes on short stalks and a broad flattened carapace with a small abdomen folded under the thorax and pincers
genus Pinnotheres, Pinnotheres - type genus of the family Pinnotheridae: pea crabs
oyster crab, Pinnotheres ostreum - tiny soft-bodied crab living within the mantle cavity of oysters
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ABSTRACT The oyster pea crab Zaops ostreum (Say, 1817), is a parasite of the eastern oyster Crassostrea virginica Gmelin (1791).
Polychaetes, crangonid shrimp, pea crab, and clams were the most frequently found prey items in Pacific cod stomachs (Table 1).
Abstract: Size and fecundity observations of pea crab (Juxmfabia muliniarum) from the paleal cavity of the oyster Saccostrea palmula were made from May 1998 to May 1999.
The smallest is the pea crab, which is only 1/2 inch wide.
Recognition and use of ascidian hosts, and mate acquisition by the symbiotic pea crab Tuni-cotheres moseri (Rathbun, 1918): the role of chemical, visual and tactile cues.
Values from each site were used to: (1) compare two sites located in relatively large systems (river/ sound) and three sites in a small creek to test for differences due to system size and related nutrient availability; (2) determine the effect of a parasite, the pea crab (Pinnotheres spp.
However, apocrine secretion has been described in pea crabs (Pinnotheridae), and it is proposed that this mechanism could be more efficient than holocrine secretion, as supported by the amount of secretion inside the SR (Becker et al.
This has been reported for the pea crabs (Crustacea: Pinnotheridae) that also inhabit the mantle cavity of bivalves (Bierbaum & Ferson 1986).