Actaea perspinosa   Borradaile,  1902 (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

Size: Width 5.5 mm; length 4 mm

Carapace covered with isolated tubercles, long spines, sharp tipped, hairs almost absent.

The upper surfaces of whole carapace and appendages are covered with sharp, stout spines all over, including the frontal sides, posterior margin of carapace and on first and second abdominal turga. Similar type of spines present on the leg joints, cheliped joints including fingers, especially dactylus. Posterior border of carpace adorned with two continuous rows of spines. Regions and sub-regions of carapace demarcated by distinct, smooth, deep, grooves. Antero-lateral sides of carapace convex, divided into four, spinous lobes, including outer-orbital angle. Chelipeds equal or almost so, inner side of palm with few spines.

Shape of carapace and the lobular textural surface pattern of carapace; distribution and arrangements of spines on the crab surface differentiate the crab from other spinous species of Actaea.

Synonym (s)
Actaea perspinosa Borradaile, 1902

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Sandy


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Literature Source(s)
  • 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 -
  • Deb, M (1989) Contribution to the study of Xanthidae: Actaeinae (Decapoda: Crustacea) of India Records of the Zoological Survey of India. Occasional Paper No. 117 ZSI, Calcutta 59 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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