Charybdis orientalis   (Dana,  1852) (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

A transverse ridge on the cardiac region, as well as one additional ridge on either branchial region. Second spine of antero-lateral border rudimentary.

Carapace about two-thirds as long as broad, crossed transversely by salient granular lines. Front cut into 6 truncated teeth, not including the inner supra-orbital angles. Antero-lateral borders very little oblique, cut into six teeth of which the second is rudimentary and looks like a denticle cut out of the base of the first, while the last is not enlarged in adults, though in the young it may be. The posterior border of the dorsal surface of the carapace though straight forms a curve with the postero-lateral borders. Orbit without any particular dorsal inclination, its major diameter a little more than a third the width of the inter-orbital space. Arm with 3 spines on the anterior border and none or posterior border. Wrist with a strong spine at the inner angle and 2 or 3 spinules on the outer. Hand not tumid, 5 spines, of which 4 are large on the upper surface. In the fifth pair of legs the merus is nearly twice as long as broad, and has the usual spine on the posterior border.

This species close affinities with Charybdis anisodon distinguished by the presence of granular ridges on the carapace, by the five spines on the hand and by the serrated posterior border of the propodite of the last pair of legs.

Synonym (s)
Charybdis orientalis Dana 1852

Common Name (s)
• Kurchal
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Rocky, Sandy


• Palk Bay INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar (Lat: 8.5) (Long: 79) INDIA (Record: 2008)
• West Bengal, Sundarbans (Lat: 21.5) (Long: 88.17) INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai (Lat: 18.98) (Long: 72.83) INDIA
• West Coast INDIA
• East Coast INDIA
• Gujarat INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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