Animal sex for most crabs involves pheromones to attract the opposite sex, their odd body shape and rigid shells would make mating physically difficult. The male transfers sperm by inserting his gonopods (sexual organs.
Male blue crabs, Callinectes sapidus Rathbun, transfer sperm and seminal fluid to their The quantity of both of these components can vary, and may be particularly . A fifth category (5) was created for females that had brooded (eggs or egg.
A reduction in the number of males available for mating could cause an Allee Although blue crabs do not have a “terminal” molt as some.