Naxioides hirta [Status Unaccepted]   A. Milne Edwards  1851 (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

Spines of rostrum parallel to near tip; supraocular spine obsolete; meropodites of trunk-legs without a terminal spine.

Carapace pyriform, with the regions well defined and the surface from the base of the rostral spines unevenly granular and tubercular. The rostral spines, which in both sizes are close together and parallel in more than half their extent, are from one-third (male) to two-sevenths (female) the length of carapace proper. The prominent supra-ocular eave has the antero-external angle slightly upturned.The basal antennal joint has a stout spine anteriorly, and a coarse tooth in the middle of its outer border. The chelipeds are smooth, and are slender in both sexes, but most so in the female; in the female to the post-ocular portion of the carapace. All the ambulatory legs are slender and smooth, and the first pair are considerably the longest, being nearly twice the length of the carapace and rostrum, the dactylus not being abnormally elongate. The body and legs are covered with a short fine down.

Among the tubercles found on the carapace, two median gastric, one each on the cardiac and intestinal region and also three branchial ones are large and erected.

Synonym (s)
Naxioides hirta A. Milne Edwards 1865

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Rocky


• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Red Sea
• 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 -
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -
  • 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

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