Harrovia albolineata   Adams & White,  1849 (Crab)
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Class: Malacostraca

Carapace flattish, broader than long, smooth and hexagonal, regions not very markedly distinguishable, a faint transverse groove representing the posterior boundary of gastric region. Front quadrilobate and minutely spiny and granulate; median lobe broader than lateral having more or less straight or slightly convex border, inner end of median frontal lobes slightly deflexed; lateral lobes narrow and conical in shape and a little more pronounced than median lobes. Supra-orbital border a semicircular concavity without any division. Antero-lateral border divided into four lobes of unequal size; first lobe with nearly straight border forming the outer orbital angle; second similar to the first; third and fourth conical in shape and spiny, third lobe variable in size. Posterior border of carapace nearly straight. Antennules fold obliquely; antenna at the inner end of orbit, basal antennal joint not touching front. Infra-orbital border coarsely granulate and cut into two lobes, inner larger and outer smaller. Inner border of ischium of external maxilliped uniformly serrated.
Chelipeds sub-equal and decidedly more than the length of carapace; merus and propodus sub-cylindrical long segments, propodus longer than merus and compressed from side to side with slightly bulging middle part. All segments of cheliped covered with minute granules. Dactylus shorter than upper border of propodus, much curved and covered with granules on the dorsal surface. Fingers pointed and toothed on the cutting edge. Legs reducing in size posteriorly, merus of all legs minutely spiny on the dorsal surface. Dactylus of all legs nearly as long as propodus.
Carapace with a circular broad black ring running parallel to the borders of the carapace; two transverse bands join this ring in the anterior half; cardiac region with a shorter spindle-shaped black band not connected to the ring. Cheliped with median longitudinal whitish portion bordered on either side by broad black border.

Synonym (s)
Harrovia albolineata Laurie, 1906

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Vedalai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Tikader, BK (1982) The fauna of India (spiders: Araneae) ZSI, Calcutta 2(part 1-2) 1-536 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Ng, PKL and Lim, GSY (1990) On the ecology of Harrovia albolineata Adams & White, 1848 (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura: Eumedonidae), a crab symbiotic with crinoids The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 38 (2) 257-262 Available at - Zoological Records
  • Lim, GSY and Ng, PKL (1988) The first zoeal stage of Harrovia albolineata Adams and White, 1948 (Crustacea: Brachyura: Pilumnidae), with a note on eumedonine systematics Journal of Natural History 22 (1) 217-223 Available at - Zoological Records
  • Sankarankutty, C (1966) On Decapoda Brachyura from the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay Proceedings of the Symposium on Crustacea Marine Biological Association of India, Mandapam Camp Part I 347-362 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/2394/1/Article_32.pdf
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Roy, MKD and Nandi, NC (2005) Brachyuran diversity of coral reef ecosystems in India Proceedings of the National Seminar on Reef Ecosystem Remediation SDMRI Special Research Publication No.9 220-231 Available at - http://www.sdmri.org/reports/proceedings%202005%20-%20sdmri.pdf
  • James, PSBR ; Thomas, PA ; Pillai, CSG and Achari Kumaraswamy, GP (1969) ´╗┐Catalogue of types and of sponges, corals, polychaetes, crabs and echinoderms in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 7 1-66 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/567/1/Bulletin_7.pdf
  • Roy, MKD and Nandi NC (2007) Brachyuran diversity in coastal ecosystems of Tamil Nadu Journal of Environment and Sociobiology Social Environmental and Biological Association, Kolkata, India 4(2) 169-192 Available at - NIO,Goa

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