Cryptodromiopsis bullifera   (Alcock)  1899 (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

Dorsal surface of carapace smooth and non-granular. Anterolateral borders are cut into two teeth. A pearl-like tubercle in the middle of the exposed surface of the merus of the external maxillipeds.

Carapace etc, covered with a short tomentum. Carapace about as long as broad, convex, smooth, cervical groove shallow but distinct. Front cut into 3 acute rather slender teeth, the middle one of which is on a lower plane and is slender than the others. An acute spine near the middle of the upper border of the orbit marks the position of the true inner supra-orbital angle. Outer orbital angle spiniform. Suborbital lobe dentiform, fairly prominent. True antero-lateral borders of the carapace cut into 2 teeth, the anterior being much the larger and spine like. In the gap between the 1st tooth and the outer orbital angle two small tooth sub-hepatic tubercles are visible, one below the other. An extremely inconspicuous denticle on the postero-lateral border, behind the branchial or cervical groove. Outer surface of wrist and upper surface of carpus and propodite of first 2 pair of legs broken but not nodular. Last 2 pair of legs slender and very short, ending in claw-like dactyli, but not cheliform. Abdomen of male convex along the middle line.

In the generic diagnosis of Cryptodromia Borradaile (1903) stated that the sternal grooves of the female ending apart behind the cheliped segment. The definition of the genus Cryptodromiopsis given by McLay (1993) stated that the female sternal grooves (i.e. sternal sutures 7/8) end together between chelipeds, first or second legs, with or without tubercles. So that the species of Cryptodromia with convergent sternal sutures could be kept separate from those in which they ended apart.

Synonym (s)
Dromia (Cryptodromia) bullifera Alcock 1899

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Rocky


• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Jeyabaskaran, R; Wafar, S and Wafar, M (2002) CD on Brachyuran Crabs of West Coast, India Available at -
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Available at -

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