Elamena gracilis   Borradaile,  1903 (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class: Malacostraca
Order:Decapoda
Family:Hymenosomatidae

Image copyrights: L.A. Borradaile

Description
Size: length 6mm; breadth 7 mm.

Walking legs slender with a spine at the end of the meropodite. Cheliped spooned fingers as long as palm.

The posterior part of body sides are straight from the 4th to the 1st pair of legs, and then turn towards almost at right angles to join the fore part, which is triangular, with very slightly irregular sides. The front also triangular but with indications of two teeth at its sides. The eyes showing a small part of the cornea at the sides of the front when seen from above. The chelipeds short, slender with narrow spooned fingers. The walking legs slender and the last joint strongly hooked, with a group of little thorns underneath at the tip and a fringe of hair all along.


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Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated

Biogeography


• Lakshadweep INDIA
• MALDIVES
• INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Jeyabaskaran, R; Wafar, S and Wafar, M (2002) CD on Brachyuran Crabs of West Coast, India Available at - http://www.nio.org/Biology/brachyuran/index.html
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Roy, MKD and Nandi, NC (2005) Brachyuran diversity of coral reef ecosystems in India Proceedings of the National Seminar on Reef Ecosystem Remediation SDMRI Special Research Publication No.9 220-231 Available at - http://www.sdmri.org/reports/proceedings%202005%20-%20sdmri.pdf
  • Encyclopedia of Life Available at - http://www.eol.org/

Page last updated on:2011-09-09

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