Essay On Blue Crabs

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Classification Levels of the Chesapeake Blue Crab Characteristics of Invertebrates in the Class Malacostraca
Scientific Name: Callinectes sapidus
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Sub-Phylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Family: Portunidae
Genus: Callinectes
Species: Sapidus
Habitat of the Chesapeake Blue Crab
The Blue Crab lives in several different locations. A few of these locations are the western region of the Atlantic Ocean ( Argentina to Nova Scotia), Asia, and even Europe. The type of habitat that this type of crab prefers is one with a temperature of 15 to 30 degrees Celsius for molting, but if the temperature is below 10 degrees Celsius then they can not molt, so this temperature is great for everyday life. Finally, Blue Crabs like to
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Some foods that it eats are mussels, snails, fish, plants, carrion (decaying flesh), and other Blue Crabs. This crustacean eats by grabbing their food with their claws and moving to their mouths. Next, the Blue Crab has a mouth that processes food. Once the food particles are small enough, the food goes into their digestive track and into a chamber where the food particles are broken down into nutrients that can be absorbed or ejected as waste.
Role in Ecosystem
The Blue Crab does not do much for our ecosystem. That being said, they do have minor impacts. One impact is that they provide food for humans. The most important one is, because they're bottom feeders, is that they clean the ocean floor which can prevent harmful things to happen to other organisms. I like to call them the janitor of the sea. Picture Picture
Interesting Fact
Something that I found interesting about this crab is that the male crabs have blue on the segment under their claws, while the female crabs have red on the segment under their

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