Charybdis (Goniosoma) cruciata   (Herbst)  (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

Length of carapace: 83 mm
Breadth of carapace: 133 mm
Length of cheliped: 260 mm
Distance between the tips of outstretched chelipeds: 560 mm

Color: Purplish brown with a large yellow cross; chelipeds purple, spotted with yellow, the tips pink and light brown

There are no distinct transverse ridges behind the level of the last spine of the antero-lateral borders. The first spine of this border is anteriorly truncated. The major diameter of the orbits is one-third the width of the inter-orbital space. The propodite of the last pair of legs bears one or two inconspicuous denticles near the far end of its posterior border. In the male abdomen the sixth segment is much broader than long and has curved and gently convergent sides.
The anterior male abdominal appendages are more or less straight, with the tip bluntly pointed. There is a thick fringe of hairs on the distal part of the outer margin, and a few short scattered hairs on the upper surface also.

Synonym (s)
Portunus (Oceanus) crucifer De Haan 1850
Goniosoma cruciferum de Man 1887
Goniosoma crucifera Walker 1890
Charybdis (Goniosoma) crucifera Alcock 1899
Charybdis (Goniosoma) cruciata Delsman and de Man 1925
Charybdis (Goniosoma) cruciatus Chopra 1935
Charybdis cruciata Sakai 1939

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Its large size makes it a suitable edible species)



• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Gujarat, Off Gulf of Kachchh INDIA (Depth: 45.72 m mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • Chhapgar, BF (1957) Marine crabs of Bombay state Contribution No. 1 of the Taraporevala Marine Biological Station Marine Biological Station, Department of fisheries, Bombay 89 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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