Trapezia rufopunctata   (Herbst,  1799) (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

Image copyrights: Torsten

Lower border of hand serrated. Frontal teeth deeply separated, the median two projecting forwards and the lateral two directing obliquely outwards. Carapace and chelipeds covered with roundish red spots.

Carapace, chelipeds, and ambulatory legs marked with large symmetrical red spots. Chelipeds asymmetric. Merus with 6-7 barbs along anterior margin. Carpus with sharp tooth at inner-distal angle. Dorsal margin of manus bluntly round, outer surface smooth, ventral margin granulated or bluntly serrated. Immovable finger with irregular barbs along the inner margin. Dorsal margin of carpus, propodus and dactylus of ambulatory legs with setae.

The type locality of Trapezia rufopunctata was not given in its original description (Herbst 1799). Obligate symbionts of Pocillporid corals.

Synonym (s)
Cancer rufopunctatus Herbst, 1799
Cancer rufopunctata Herbst, 1799
Grapsillus maculatus MacLeay, 1838
Quadrella rufopunctata Chen, 1933
Trapezia acutifrons A. Milne-Edwards, 1867
Trapezia rufopunctata f. typica Bouvier, 1915

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu 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 -
  • Reeflex Available at -
  • Deb, M and Rao, GC (1993) A check-list of the brachyuran crabs (Crustacea: Decapoda)of Bay islands Journal Of The Andaman Science Association Andaman Science association, Port Blair 8(1-2) 25-34 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Roy, MKD and Nandi NC (2007) Brachyuran diversity in coastal ecosystems of Tamil Nadu Journal of Environment and Sociobiology Social Environmental and Biological Association, Kolkata, India 4(2) 169-192 Available at - NIO,Goa

Page last updated on:2011-10-11

Back to Search