Velvet Swimming Crab - Necora puber

Velvet Swimming Crab - Necora puber

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Species Compatibility

Other Crabs

Suitable DisplayRockpool Tank
Shoreline Tank


The surface of the crab has a fine velvet colour with a cream underside.
Is a fast moving swimming crab. Can grow up to about 8 cm.
Has raised stalks and red eyes.


Can be found on UK and Irish coasts.
Stony and rocky shores and shallow water.
Most abundant on moderately sheltered shores.

Species fact

Before mating the male crab carries the female under his body for a few days. Females can hold up to 185,000 eggs at any one time.