APHOTOMARINE

An educational resource dedicated mainly to the photography
and diversity of marine life that can be found in coastal waters
and intertidal areas of Great Britain and Ireland by David Fenwick.

A-P-H-O-T-O Wildlife Stock Image Library
Necora puber (Linnaeus, 1767) - Velvet swimming crab or Velver fiddler
Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- on marina pontoon 1

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- on marina pontoon 2

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- in net on marina pontoon 1

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- on marina pontoon / claw 1

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- on marina pontoon / end segments of swimming leg 1

Mature specimen above was found on a pontoon at Newlyn Marina, Newlyn, Cornwall, 16.05.18.

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- front view 1

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- front view 2

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- front view 3

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- in rockpool 1

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- in rockpool 2

Images above take n in various locations across Cornwall.

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- front of carapace 1

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- front of carapace 2

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- carpus of first cheliped 1

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- swimming leg 1

Specimen above was found on the lowershore at Gyllyngvase, Falmouth, Cornwall, 17.12.16.

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- carapace 1

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- front of carapace 3

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- carpus of first cheliped 2

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- carpus of first cheliped 3

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- swimming leg 2

Specimen above is a juvenile crab which was caught in 30-40m of water off the Lizard, Cornwall, 01.09.17.

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- unusual blue form 1

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- unusual blue form 2

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- blue form front view 1

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- blue form front view 2

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- blue form carapace 1

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- blue form front of carapace 1

Specimen above which is likely to have been sand scoured during a storm was found at Battery Rocks, Penzance, Cornwall, 03.04.14.

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- dorsal view 1

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- defensive posture 1

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- abdomen 1

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- claw 1

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- claw 2

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- eggs 1

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- eggs 2

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- eye 1

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- swimming leg 3

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- swimming leg 4

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- sandy coloured juvenile 1

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- sandy coloured juvenile 2

Velvet swimming crab
Necora puber
- sandy coloured juvenile 3

A common aggressive species, found more often on the lowershore. Images taken across the south coast of Devon and Cornwall. Images of the sandy coloured juvenile crab was taken at Sennen Cove, West Cornwall. 25.04.13.

Scientific and European Names:
Necora puber, Portunus puber, Velvet swimming crab, Velvet fiddler, Fluwelen Zwemkrab, Spanjool, Etrille, Etrille commune, Etrille de sable, Samtkrabbe, Schwimmkrabbe.

APHOTOMARINE supports open source data recording and sharing for the benefit of wildlife, recorders, research, science and education. The project recommends the following websites and works with the following bodies and organisations.

Marine Biological Association MBA

The Marine Biological Association or MBA, based in Plymouth, is one of the world’s longest-running societies dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life they support. Since 1884 the MBA has been providing a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community.It has a growing membership in over 40 countries.

NBN National Biodiversity Network

The National Biodiversity Network or NBN is a charity that supports open source data sharing and recording supporting conservation, science and education. "Why do recorders need open source?". Simply because it supports the core values of wildlife recording and the free use of records and data over a very wide network that includes partners like the Natural History Museum.

The taxonomy used here is based on that of the following database, which is also used by the MBA, NHM and the NBN.

World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS

The World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS.

Necora puber synonym Portunus puber Velvet Fiddler Swimming Crab Crustacean Images
The main objective of this website is in furthering environmental awareness and education through the medium of photography. To increase awareness and access to the wildlife of the region and help
people find and identify it. Sometimes the difference between species is obvious but many species can only be determined by observing microscopic characteristics that are specific to any one species.