purse crab


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purse crab

n.
Either of two sand-dwelling brachyuran crabs (Persephona mediterranea or P. punctata) of the US Atlantic coast, the Gulf of Mexico, and the West Indies, having a rounded body and, in the female, a purselike chamber for eggs.
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Reproductive period and size at the onset of sexual maturity of mottled purse crab Persephona mediterranea (Herst, 1794) (Brachyura: Leucosioidea) on the southeastern Brazilian coast.
Reproductive period and size at the onset of sexual maturity of mottled purse crab, Persephona mediterranea (Herbst, 1794) (Brachyura, Leucosioidea) on the southeastern Brazilian coast.