Medaeops granulosus   (Haswell,  1882) (Crab)
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Class: Malacostraca

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Color: Ashy grey, fingers of chelipeds chocolate brown.

Carapace convex fore and aft, from side to side. Antero-lateral borders prolonged beneath the orbit to the angle of the buccal cavity.

Carapace is two-third as long as broad, with numerous short, transverse rows of bead-like granules on its anterior half. This species is distinguished by the antero-lateral borders being distinctly continued beneath the orbits to the angles of the buccal cavern. Bead like granules are more scattered on the hinder regions, but are distinct on the posterior border and between the four antero-lateral teeth. The anterior male abdominal appendages have their sides with backward projecting spinules. Near the tip are numerous barbed hairs.

Synonym (s)
Leptodius granulosus Haswell, 1882
Lophopanopeus japonicus Rathbun, 1898
Lophoxanthus erosus Parisi, 1916
Medaeus granulosus (Haswell, 1882)
Xantho macgillivrayi Miers, 1884

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Rocky


• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• West Coast INDIA
• Red Sea
• Maharashtra, Mumbai (Lat: 18.9) (Long: 72.66) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Subba Rao, NV and Sastry, DRK (2005) Fauna of Marine National Park, Gulf of Kuchchh (Gujarat) ZSI 79 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
  • 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 -
  • Gaonkar, CA; Sawant, SS; Anil, AC; Krishnamurthy, V and Harkantra, SN (2010) Changes in the occurance of hard substratum fauna: A case study from Mumbai harbour, India Indian Journal of Marine Sciences National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources, CSIR, New Delhi, India 39(1) 74-84 Available at -

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