Lybia tessellata   (Latreille, in Milbert,  1812) (Crab)
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Class: Malacostraca

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Carapace rather depressed and narrow, hexagonal, not concealing the first 2 or 3 abdominal terga even in the male, the regions not, or fairly distinctly delimited. Fronto-orbital border more than the greatest breadth of the carapace. Orbits very shallow, affording little concealment to the eyes. Basal antennal joint slender, of good length but hardly touching the front; the flagellum very long, lodged in the orbital hiatus. Chelipeds slenderer and much shorter than the walking legs, the hand often hidden in a matted tuft of hair. Walking legs long and stout, the third pair the longest of all. External maxillipeds somewhat slender and almost subpediform.

This crab always carries a little sea anemone in each chela.

Synonym (s)
Melia tussellata Borradaile, 1903
Grapsus tesselatus Latreille, 1812
Grapse tessellata Latreille, in Milbert, 1812

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Rocky


• Lakshadweep, Minicoy (Lat: 8.12) (Long: 73.3) INDIA
• Lakshadweep (Lat: 10.5) (Long: 73) INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy 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
  • Sankarankutty, C (1961) On some crabs (Decapoda, Brachyura) from the Laccadive Archipelago Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India Marine Biological Association of India 3(1-2) 120-136 Available at - NIO, RC, Kochi
  • Kensley, B (1981) On the Zoogeography of Southern Afrian Decapod Crustacea, with a distributional checklist of the species Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C. 338 23377 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • Jeyabaskaran, R; Wafar, S and Wafar, M (2002) CD on Brachyuran Crabs of West Coast, India Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Sealifebase Available at -
  • 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 -
  • 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 -

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