• Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Crustacea
  • Class: Malacostraca
  • Subclass: Eumalacostraca
  • Superorder: Eucarida
  • Order: Decapoda
  • Suborder: Pleocyemata
  • Infraorder: Brachyura
  • Family: Portunidae
  • Scientific name: Liocarcinus holsatus
  • Norwegian: -


The flying crab is somewhat smaller than the very similar blue-leg swimming crab, reaching a lengt of 30 mm and a width of 38. The three teeth between the eyes are more pointed and the carapace has no hair. It is very light build and actually a good swimmer. Brownish grey, tinged with green is a common color. Young individuals seem to often have light blotches.


It can be found on any depths from the tidal zone to almost 100 meters, usually on sand or gravel.


It is common in the North-East Atlantic Ocean, as far south and west as the Azores.