Oreophorus reticulatus   Adams & White,  1849 (Crab)
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Class: Malacostraca

Carapace enormously convex, honeycombed by large symmetrically disposed undermined caverns and channels.

Carapace with three caverns, diminishing in size from before backwards, excavated just inside the front and lateral margins on either side. The intestinal region and the true posterior margin are insolated from the rest of the carapace by an undermined channel. The whole undersurface of the body is rough and granular. The chelipeds are not quite 1½ times the length of the carapace, and are nodular and granular. The hand is rather broader than long, and not much more than half the length of the fingers.The legs are slender, and are covered up to the tips of the dactyli with crisp, clavate, spiniform or arborescent granules.

It differs from Oreophorus reticulatus var. alcicornis by small size of caverns and the caverns are much more larger in var. alcicornis.

Synonym (s)
Oreophorus reticulates Adams & White, 1850

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• West Coast INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA

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

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