Cryptodromiopsis canaliculata   Stimpson  1858 (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

Carapace smooth (non granular). Antero-lateral border with 2 teeth. Regions of the carapace well defined; no tubercle on the external surface of the third maxilliped. Carapace is canaliculated along the frontal and orbital margins.

Carapace with a short velvet-like tomentum. Carapace not quite as long as broad. Only moderately convex, its surface smooth, its regions very fairly indicated: the cervical groove is distinct, the fronto-orbital region is marked off by a shallow transverse groove that runs from one antero-lateral angle of the carapace to the other, and the front itself is longitudinally grooved. Front cut into 3 broad triangular teeth of nearly equal size, the middle one nearly horizontal, but on a much lower plane than the others, which are somewhat up-curved. Infra-orbital lobe dentiform and prominent. On the postero-lateral border immediately behind the branchial or cervical groove, is a teeth. The carpus and propodite of the first 2 pair of legs are nodular. Last 2 pair of legs short and slender, not nodular, not much more than half the length of the first 2 pair; the 4th (last) pair very little longer than the 3rd.

There are many records of camouflage material carried by the crab ranging from sponges, to soft corals, as well as compound and solitary ascidians.

Synonym (s)
Cryptodromia canaliculata Stimpson 1858

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Rocky


• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Red Sea

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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