Gonodactylus smithii   Pocock,  1893 (Mantis Shrimp)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

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Size: Males 27-30 mm; Females 31-42 mm.

Rostrum slightly broader than long, median spine relatively short, anterior margin concave, anterolateral angles slightly acute. Ocular scales large, truncate. Sixth abdominal somite with 6 sharp carinae, each ending in a posterior spine. Telson slightly broader than long, with a sharp median carina, a pair of short anteriorly positioned submedians and a pair of accessory medians forming an anchor. Marginal teeth on telson 3 pairs; submedians with movable apices, intermediates sharp, laterals poorly formed. Submedian denticles on telson numerous and two sharp intermediate denticles.

Synonym (s)
Gonodactylus chiragra var. smithii Lanchester, 1903
Gonodactylus smithii Dingle, Caldwell and Manning, 1977
Gonodactylus arabica Ghosh, 1990
Gonodactylus chiragra var. anancyrus Borradaile, 1900
Gonodactylus chiragra var. intermedia de Man, 1929
Gonodactylus minikoiensis Ghosh, 1990

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Benthic, Reef Associated
Prey:  Small crustaceans, gastropods


• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 09/02/1986)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA

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
  • Caldwell, R Roy's list of stomatopods for the aquarium Available at - http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/arthropoda/crustacea/malacostraca/eumalacostraca/royslist/index.html#directory
  • Sealifebase Available at - http://www.sealifebase.org/
  • 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

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