Dromia dormia   (Linnaeus,  1763) (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

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Size: Length of carapace 43 mm; breadth of carapace 51 mm

Color: Harsh grey, fingers of the chelipeds pink

The species can be distinguished by the carapace being broader than long, and the front being cut into three nearly equal teeth. The anterio-lateral borders are cut into three teeth. The third pair of legs are hardly shorter than the last, and there is no spine at the far end of the posterior border of the last pair. None of the abdominal segments are fused and the uropods are small but visible externally.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Sponge Crab (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Dangers

Habitat:  Coastal


• Maharashtra, Mumbai (Lat: 18.98) (Long: 72.83) INDIA
• Persian Gulf
• West Coast INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Red Sea
• Maharashtra INDIA
• Kerala INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh INDIA
• Orissa INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands INDIA
• East Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Agarwal, VC and Alfred, JRB (1999) Handbook: Whales, dolphins and dugong from Indian seas ZSI, Calcutta 150 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Hussain, SM Brief report on biodiversity in the coastal areas of Pakistan p 113
  • ETI bioinformatics, world biodiversity database (Euphausiacea) Available at - http://www.eti.uva.nl/database/wbd.html
  • Debelius, H (2001) Crustacea Guide of the world 11-318 Available at - CMFRI, Kochi
  • Chhapgar, BF (1957) Marine crabs of Bombay state Contribution No. 1 of the Taraporevala Marine Biological Station Marine Biological Station, Department of fisheries, Bombay 89 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Jeyabaskaran, R; Wafar, S and Wafar, M (2002) CD on Brachyuran Crabs of West Coast, India Available at - http://www.nio.org/Biology/brachyuran/index.html
  • Stender, GK and Stender, YO Marinelifephotography.com Available at - http://www.marinelifephotography.com/
  • Kathirvel, M (2009) Marine poisonous brachyuran crabs of India Fishing chimes 29(9) 24-29 Available at - NIO, Goa

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