Macrophthalmus crinitus   Rathbum,  1913 (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

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Size: Length of carapace: 9 mm; breadth of carapace: 11 mm; breadth of front: 3 mm.

Color: Greyish.

Carapace three-fourths as long as broad. Front one-fourth the breadth of the carapace. Sides of carapace parallel, three teeth on the lateral borders of the carapace.

The carapace is three-fourths as long as broad, being widest behind the tip of the first antero-lateral tooth. The lateral borders are parallel. The orbital teeth are not very sharp, and their outer margins are parallel. The hairs on the second maxillipeds are very thick, and almost without spooning.

This species is closely related to Euplax bosci.

Synonym (s)
Macrophthalmus crinitus Rathbun, 1914
Macrophthalmus crinitus Tesch, 1915

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine, Muddy, Coastal


• Maharashtra, Mumbai (Lat: 18.98) (Long: 72.83) INDIA
• West Coast INDIA
• Gujarat, Okha INDIA
• Halmahera INDONESIA
• Mergui MYANMAR
• Karnataka INDIA (Record: 2001-2007)

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
  • Vannini, M and Valmori, P (1981) Researches on the coast of Somalia. The shore and the dune of Sar Uanle. 31. Ocypodidae and Gecarcinidae (Decapoda Brachyura) Monitore Zoologico Italiano Supplemento 14 (14) 199-226 Available at - Zoological Records
  • Jeyabaskaran, R; Wafar, S and Wafar, M (2002) CD on Brachyuran Crabs of West Coast, India Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • 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
  • Ng, PKL and Sivasothi, N (eds.) (2001) Guide to mangroves of Singapore Available at -
  • Dineshbabu, AP; Durgekar, RN and Zacharia, PU (2011) Estuarine and marine decapods of Karnataka inventory Fishing Chimes Mr.J.V.H. Dixitulu 30 (10-11) 20-24 Available at -

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