Metanephrops andamanicus   (Wood-Mason,  1891) (Lobster)
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Class: Malacostraca

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Size: Maximum: carapace length 7 cm, total body length about 20 cm; common total body length about 15 cm.

Color: Pinkish; pincers banded with pink. Eggs dark blue.

A small to medium-sized lobster. Body cylindrical; carapace spiny, but not uniformly so, with a well developed median rostrum armed with lateral and ventral teeth only, and supra-orbital ridges extending behind eyes, the spaces between these ridges with a median ridge; longitudinal ridges present behind the cervical groove. Eyes well developed and pigmented; antennae long and whip-like; antennal scales present. Tail powerful, with a well developed fan and abdominal segments with a sculpturation of longitudinal and transverse grooves. First 3 pairs of legs ending in true pincers, the first pair very long and rather slender, square in cross section, with rows of spines along ridges.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Andaman Lobster (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh)

Habitat:  Benthic, Muddy



Literature Source(s)
  • Ali, S and Ripley, SD (1989) Compact handbook of the birds of India and Pakistan (II edition) Oxford University Press, New Delhi 39823
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 5 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

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