Gelasimus annulipes   Latreille  (Crab)
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Class: Malacostraca

Length of carapace: 10 mm
Breadth of carapace: 18 mm
Breadth of front: 3 mm
Length of larger hand: 29 mm

This species is distinguished by the subquadrilateral carapace with moderately convergent lateral borders, the front being a fifth to a sixth its breadth. The tip of the thumb of the chelipeds appears notched-truncate due to the presence of an enlarged tooth. An oblique granular ridge along the dentary edge of the thumb, and another along its lower edge, are present.
The anterior male abdominal appendages are bilobed at the tip, the larger lobe being blunt, the smaller one pointed; both bear hairs.
There are peculiar spooned hairs on the posterior half of the merus and the inner side of the tip of the palp of the second maxillipeds, used probably for feeding. The 'spoon' consists of about five rounded lobes on each side, continuing into hairs.

Synonym (s)
Uca annulipes Lanchester 1900
Gelasimus annulipes de Man 1887

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Coastal


• Maharashtra, Mumbai (Lat: 18.98) (Long: 72.83) INDIA
• Karnataka, Karwar INDIA
• Gujarat, Okha INDIA
• Gujarat, Kolak INDIA
• Gujarat, Umarsadi 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
  • 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 -

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