Actaea savignyi [Status Unaccepted]   (Milne Edwards,  1834) (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

Size: Length of carapace 13 mm; breadth of carapace 17 mm.

Color: Light reddish brown, fingers black with white tips.

Very convex, medium sized crab of sub-circular carapace. Surface of the carapace is mulberry-like, owing to its entire surface being covered with confluent tubercles, each tubercle again being formed of confluent granules. The lobules of the carapace are distinct but almost lost in the polygonal mosaic of tubercles. Lobules 1M; and incompletely divided 2M; 3M; 4M; 1L; 6L are all distinctly separated by fine sutures. The tubercles on the exposed surfaces of chelipeds are same as on carapace but on the legs these granules are spiny, especially those on dactyli. Fingers short, blunt pointed.
The anterior male abdominal appendages are slightly curved; stout process apex acute, hook-like, inner subapical region fringed with 15-20 plumose setae an the region just below the hairy area is thickly armed with strong spinules.

Synonym (s)
Actaea granulata A. Milne Edwards, 1865
Cancer (Actaea) savignyi H. M. Edwards, 1834
Cancer granulatus Savignyi & Audoin, 1826
Cancer (Actaea) granulatus De Haan, 1850
Actaea granulata Miers, 1876
Actaea savignyi Rathbun, 1911

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman INDIA
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Bay of Bengal (Lat: 15) (Long: 90) INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai (Lat: 18.98) (Long: 72.83) INDIA
• Gujarat, Okha INDIA
• Persian Gulf
• Red Sea
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Karachi PAKISTAN
• Orissa, Ganjam Coast INDIA
• Mergui MYANMAR
• Malacca MALAYSIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • 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 -
  • Dr. Ramesh, R; Dr. Nammalwar, P and Dr. Gowri, VS (2008) Database on coastal information of Tamil Nadu Report Submitted to Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre, Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Available at -
  • Deb, M (1989) Contribution to the study of Xanthidae: Actaeinae (Decapoda: Crustacea) of India Records of the Zoological Survey of India. Occasional Paper No. 117 ZSI, Calcutta 59 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
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