Macrophthalmus latreillei   Desmarest,  1822 (Crab)
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Class: Malacostraca

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Size: Length of carapace: 23 mm; breadth of carapace: 31 mm.

Color: Uniform grey. The dactyli and the distal half of the propodites of the first three pairs of legs are tinged with a faint violet.

In this species, the shape of the carapace varies from nearly equilateral to transversely elongated. The whole surface is covered with large granules and in the young, hairs. There are four teeth on the lateral borders, and the front is one-tenth the breadth of the carapace. The chelipeds of the male are remarkably small. The finger has a tooth near the base, and the thumb is curved downward in the adult, but in line with the palm in the young, A spine is present at the distal end of the meropodites of the last pair of legs.
The anterior male abdominal appendages are straight and thick. The tip is narrowed to a sting-like point and bears long hairs.
The 'spoon' is very long and narrow, and consist of lobes of gradually decreasing size.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Maharashtra, Mumbai (Lat: 18.98) (Long: 72.83) INDIA
• Malacca MALAYSIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar 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
  • 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
  • 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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