Callinectes sapidus, the blue crab, is a bottom-dweller found in a variety of habitats ranging from the saltiest water of the gulf to almost fresh water of the back bays. Especially common in estuaries, this species ranges into fresh water, and may be found offshore. The blue crab's habitat ranges from the low tide line to waters 120 feet (36 m) deep. Females remain in higher salinity portions of an estuary system, especially for egg laying. During times of the year when temperatures are colder, C. sapidus tends to migrate to deeper water.
Range depth: 1 to 36 m.
Habitat Regions: temperate ; tropical ; saltwater or marine ; freshwater
Other Habitat Features: estuarine
- Texas Parks and Wildlife, 2009. "Blue crab (Callinectes sapidus)" (On-line). Texas Park and Wildlife. Accessed June 22, 2011 at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/species/bluecrab/.