Lucifer typus   H. Milne Edwards,  1837 (Shrimp)
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Class: Malacostraca

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Size: 12.4 mm TL (male), 12 mm TL (female).

Color: Semi-transparent.

The eye stalks are long and slender. The terminal portion of the sheath of the petasma is broad, flat and obliquely rounded, with a rudimentary protruberance and enclosed with a very conspicuous long hook. The lamelliform processus ventralis is distinct; the bottom of the deep terminal incision is transverse between the two horns. The anterior ventral process on the sixth abdominal segment in male is almost as long as the posterior process and slender, but the swollen distal part of the posterior process is bent consiredably upwards. In the male telson, the swollen section, the ventral protuberance, is large. There are 3 pairs of spines on teh tip of the telson. The apical process of the terminal margin of the exopod of uropod is moderately long and deeply curved in male. In female the exopod is five times as long as broad; the end is oblique and the marginal apical process is smaller than in male.

Similar species: Similar to male Lucifer orientalis

Synonym (s)
Lucifer acestra Dana, 1852
Lucifer pacificus Dana, 1852
Lucifer reynaudi Dohrn, 1871
Lucifer typus H. Milne Edwards and Borradaile, 1915
Lucifer reynaudii Bate, 1888
Lucifer typus Milne Edwards and Hansen, 1919
Lucifer typus Dakin and Colefax, 1940
Lucifer typus Gordon, 1956
Lucifer typus Kensley, 1971
Lucifer typus Omori, 1992

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Ecosystem balance
(Indicator of warm current)

Habitat:  Pelagic, Estuarine, Open Sea, Coastal
Predator:  Bony fish (Cepola macrophthalma)


• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Bay of Bengal INDIA (Record: 1985-1992) (Depth: 50-200 mts)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Lakshadweep (Lat: 8) (Long: 71) INDIA (Record: 1985-1992) (Depth: 100-200 mts)
• Lakshadweep (Lat: 12.5) (Long: 74) INDIA (Record: 1985-1992) (Depth: 100-200 mts)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 5) (Long: 85) INDIA (Record: 1985-1992) (Depth: 50-200 mts)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 14.5) (Long: 95) INDIA (Record: 1985-1992) (Depth: 50-200 mts)
• Goa INDIA (Record: 1985-1992)
• Karnataka, Mangalore INDIA (Record: 1985-1992)
• Kerala, Off Kochi INDIA (Record: 1985-1992)
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA (Record: 1985-1992)
• Arabian Sea INDIA
• Maharashtra, Dharamtar Creek INDIA
• Arabian Sea (Lat: 16) (Long: 62) INDIA (Record: 12/09/1991-23/09/1991) (Depth: 200-500 mts)
• Arabian Sea (Lat: 23) (Long: 73) INDIA (Record: 12/09/1991-23/09/1991) (Depth: 200-500 mts)
• Maharashtra, Mumbai Harbour (Lat: 18.70) (Long: 72.85) INDIA (Record: 09/1984-11/1985) (Depth: 2.5-14 mts)
• Maharashtra, Dharamtar Creek (Lat: 18.86) (Long: 73.02) INDIA (Record: 09/1984-11/1985) (Depth: 2.5-14 mts)
• West Coast (Lat: 15) (Long: 69) INDIA (Record: 12/09/1986-26/09/1986)
• West Coast (Lat: 19) (Long: 73) INDIA (Record: 12/09/1986-26/09/1986)
• Bay of Bengal INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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