Cryptopodia angulata   H. Milne Edwards & Lucas,  1841 (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

Color: Pinkish

Carapace pentagonal, with large lateral vaulted expansions which completely conceal the legs.
Carapace convex, sharply pentagonal with all the edges deeply dentated and all the angles produced to form curved spines; in addition there is a second spine in front of the spine of either antero-lateral angle, and the part of the posterior border that is co-extensive with the abdomen is demarcated on either side by strong spine. The rostrum ends in a sharp point. The triangular depression of the carapace is very deep, and the lines which bound it are granular. There is an irregular patch of granules on either branchial region, and there is a line of granules passing forwards from the apex of the triangular depression to the base of the rostrum on either side. The carpus of chelipeds are semi-globular, and that the inner and outer margins both of the hand and arm are armed with sharply lacinate spines. The ambulatory legs have the merus simply carinate above, spinate-carinate below, the carpus and propodite carinate, and the dactylus strongly carinate on both edges so as to form a swimming blade.

Synonym (s)
Cryptopodia angulata var. cippifer Alcock, 1895
Cryptopodia angulata Alcock, 1895

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Sandy, Coastal


• West Coast INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh INDIA (Depth: 45.72 mts)
• Orissa INDIA
• Karnataka, off Honawar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Point Calimere (Lat: 10.3) (Long: 79.85) INDIA
• Karnataka INDIA (Record: 2001-2007)
• West Bengal, Sandheads INDIA
• East Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.16) (Long: 85.83) INDIA
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.63) (Long: 89.83) INDIA
• West Bengal, South 24 Parganas INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Available at -
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  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Dr. Ramesh, R; Dr. Nammalwar, P and Dr. Gowri, VS (2008) Database on coastal information of Tamil Nadu Report Submitted to Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre, Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Available at -
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