Sesarma (Parasesarma) plicatum   (Latreille,  1806) (Crab)
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Class: Malacostraca

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Deep, square shaped crab, length 4/5 of width, dorsal surface slightly convex. Four equal, prominent post frontal lobes covered with rugae and tuft of hairs. Gastric region very deeply defined. Oblique striations present on lateral epibranchial regions. Front more than half of greatest width of carapace, free edge slightly concave. The chelipeds stout, outer surface of arm, wrist and palm granular. Inner edge of arm with a large subdistal spine and ending in a spinule. Inner surface of palm granular; upper edge of palm of male adorned with two-three pactinated and oblique crests. The upper edge of moveable finger of male milled with 11-19 transverse lamellae, but the lamellae on female incomplete. Merii of legs broad, ends in a subdistal spine, their dorsal surface rough. Edges of other leg joints fringed with tufts of bristles.
Presence of a large spine on inner edge of arm of cheliped at once separate the Sesarma (Parasesarma) plicatum from other allied species.

Synonym (s)
Ocypoda plicata Latreille, 1806
Sesarma quadratum Alcock, 1900
Sesarma (Parasesarma) plicatum Sakai, 1976

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA
• West Coast INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• East Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • 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
  • DEB, M (1995) Crustacea: Brachyura Wetland ecosystem series 1: Fauna of Chilka Lake ZSI, Calcutta 345-366 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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