warty crab (en)/favollo (it).
throughout the Mediterranean Sea, also in
the eastern Atlantic from the southern coast of Brittany
to Mauritania and the Azores.
inhabits shallow waters along rocky
coasts among stones and seaweeds, from 5-15 m in depth.
thick carapace, slightly convex upper
face, smooth, and with transverse ridges behind the
frontal border and the lateral regions. Strong
asymmetric chelipeds. Female has a large oval abdomen,
while the male’s is narrow. Brownish-red or
brownish-green in colour, with yellow spots.
powerful claws can bite viciously.
6.5-7 cm in length, 8-9 cm in width.
feeds on molluscs and polychaetes.
a highly prolific species.
Planktonic larvae with 4 metamorphosis stages.