Demania buccalipes   (Alcock)  1898 (Crab)
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Class: Malacostraca

Carapace and chelipeds covered with large depressed tubercles; anterolateral teeth well defined and marked with large tubercles; anterior border of ambulatory legs marked with wart-like tubercles.

Carapace about seven-ninth as long as broad, moderately convex in the anterior two-thirds, regions and sub-regions strongly defined by broad deep smooth channels, convex with well defined tubercles. The characteristic tubercles have everywhere a worn appearance, especially in the middle of the carapace and on the chelipeds and the ischium of the external maxillipeds. The dorsal crest of the arm and of the meropodites of the legs have each become a row of berry-like teeth, and the serrated crest and granular ridges of the carpopodites and propodites of the legs have become merely low rough elevations.

The bright and distinctive color pattern of this species is characteristic of many known poisonous species, and is an indirect confirmation of their toxicity.

Synonym (s)
Xantho (Lophoxanthus) scaberrimus var. baccalipes Alcock 1898

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Maharashtra, Mumbai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar 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 -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

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