Charybdis (Goniosoma) callianassa   (Herbst)  (Crab)
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Class: Malacostraca

Size: Length of carapace (male) 15 mm; breadth of carapace (male) 24 mm; length of carapace (female) 14 mm; breadth of carapace 25 mm

Color: Dirty white or light grey

The carapace in this species is convex, about two-third as long as broad (except in adult females, in which the last spine of the antero-lateral borders is prolonged). The teeth on the antero-lateral borders are serrulate. A transverse ridge is present on the cardiac region. The posterior border of the propodites of the last pair of legs is smooth. The sixth male abdominal segment is transversely oblong with the anterior angles rounded.

Synonym (s)
Goniosoma variegatum var. callianassa Henderson 1893
Charybdis (Goniosoma) callianassa Alcock 1899
Charybdis (Charybdis) callianassa Leene 1938
Charybdis callianassa Suvatti 1950
Cancer callianassa Herbst 1790
Charybdis (Charybdis) callianassa Stephenson 1961

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Gujarat, Udvada INDIA
• East coast INDIA
• Maharashtra INDIA
• Karachi PAKISTAN
• West Bengal, Sandheads INDIA (Record: 1922-1923)

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
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Bhadra, S (1995) Portunidae: Decapoda: Crustacea Estuarine ecosystem series, Part 2: Hugli Matla Estuary ZSI, Calcutta 249-262 Available at - NIO, Goa

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