Ranina ranina   (Linnaeus,  1758) (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

Color: Pinkish red.

All four pairs of legs similar in form and size. Legs usually have the last two joints very broad.

Crab of a large size. Carapace longer than broad. The ratio between length and width being 6:5. Abdominal terga narrow, most of them visible in dorsal view. Buccal cavity elongate, completely closed by third maxillipeds. Chelipeds robust, hand usually broad and flat, the finger and thumb nearly at right angles to the long axis of hand. Inhalent branchial canals between the 1st abdominal tergum and the coxae of 5th pair of legs. Sternal thoracic shield reaches only to the level between the bases of first ambulatory legs. Eye stalks three segmented.

Carapace covered by numerous spine like structure (tubercles) along with hair. Easily can be identified.

Synonym (s)
Cancer raninus Linnaeus, 1758
Ranina serrata Lamarck, 1801
Ranina dentata Latreille, 1825
Ranina cristata Desjardins, 1835
Cancer ranina Linnaeus, 1758
Albunea scabra Weber, 1795

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Sandy, Coastal


• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Karnataka INDIA (Record: 2001-2007)
• Tamil Nadu INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Krajangdara,T and Watanabe, S (2005) Growth and reproduction of the red frog crab, Ranina ranina (Linnaeus, 1758), in the Andaman Sea off Thailand Fisheries Science (Tokyo) 71(1) Available at - Zoological Records
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Available at - http://www.itis.gov.
  • Index to Organism Names (ION) Available at - http://www.organismnames.com/
  • Debelius, H (2001) Crustacea Guide of the world 11-318 Available at - CMFRI, Kochi
  • Jeyabaskaran, R; Wafar, S and Wafar, M (2002) CD on Brachyuran Crabs of West Coast, India Available at - http://www.nio.org/Biology/brachyuran/index.html
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • 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 - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/7950/1/Dineshbabu-Fishing_Chimes_30(10%2611).pdf
  • Roy, MKD and Nandi NC (2007) Brachyuran diversity in coastal ecosystems of Tamil Nadu Journal of Environment and Sociobiology Social Environmental and Biological Association, Kolkata, India 4(2) 169-192 Available at - NIO,Goa

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