Zosimus aeneus   (Linnaeus,  1758) (Crab)
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Class: Malacostraca

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Color: The animal is beautifully spotted and ocellated with chocolate brown on a bluish-grey ground.

Carapace naked, crest like anterolateral lobes well separated, last of which being dentiform; palm crested and its outer surface rugose.

Carapace with the regions well delimited and very strongly rugose. The crest-like antero-lateral borders are 4-scalloped, the three anterior lobes being rounded and the fourth being dentiform. The tumid orbital margins are marked by four suture lines. The front hardly projects beyond the level of the orbit. The wrist has its outer surface made rugose by meandering furrows, one of which runs fore and aft, the others transversely. The fingers are fluted, bear strong molariform teeth and tufts of hair on their cutting edge, and have blunt pointed, hollowed out tips. The furrows of the wrist and hands, as well as those of the legs, are filled carinate, the inner surface of each crest bearing a thick fringe of long somewhat silky hair; the dorsal surface of these joints is furrowed longitudinally. The dactyli are hairy up to the claw.

Synonym (s)
Cancer aeneus Linnaeus, 1758

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Red Sea

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

Page last updated on:2010-11-25

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