Gonodactylus platysoma   Wood-Mason,  1895 (Mantis Shrimp)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

Image copyrights: FLMNH

Size: Max length 11.0 cm TL (male)

Body depressed. Ocular scales large, anterior margins truncate. Anterolaterally angled. Rostrum as long as broad, anterior margin concave, median spine relatively short, anterolateral angles obtuse. Sixth abdominal somite with 6 carinae, only the laterals with slender posterior spines. Dorsal carinae of telson inflated, none armed posteriorly, anchor absent. Two pairs of marginal teeth on telson-laterals absent, intermediates slender and submedians with movable apices. Submedian denticles on telson many, intermediates two. Uropodal exopod with 11 movable spines on outer margin.

Synonym (s)
Gonodactylus platysoma Wood-Mason, 1895
Gonodactylus chiragra var. acutus Lanchester, 1903
Gonodactylus platysoma Manning, 1966
Gonodactylus chiragra var. tumidus Lanchester, 1903

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Prey:  Gastropods, hermit crabs, shrimps and other small crustaceans


• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep Islands (Lat: 8.28) (Long: 72.16) INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep Islands (Lat: 11.68) (Long: 73.68) INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Ghosh, HC (1990) Crustacea: Stomatopoda State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 199-212 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Sealifebase Available at - http://www.sealifebase.org/
  • Florida Museum of Natural History Available at - http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/
  • Sundaram, KS; Sarvesan, R; Mohamed, KH and Shanbhogue, SL (1969) Catalogue of molluscs, prawns, stomatopods and marine algae in the reference collections of the central marine fisheries research institute Bulletin Of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 9 1-52 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/570/1/Bulletin_9.pdf
  • Rao, GS; Suseelan, C and Kathirvel, M (1989) Crustacean resources of the Lakshadweep islands Marine living resources of the union territory of Lakshadweep: An indicative survey with suggestions for development Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI 43 72-76 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/8213/1/Bulletin_No_43.pdf

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