Pariphiculus rostratus   Alcock  1896 (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

Size: The largest specimen (adult female) has the carapace 32 mm long and 27 mm broad.

Carapace longer than broad. Front markedly prominent. Cardiac regions and branchial regions immediately on either side of it unarmed. Chelipeds about 1ΒΌ the length of the carapace.

Carapace globular, a little longer than broad, with front prominent and projecting in the form of a snout. Surface of carapace covered with very small distant vesicles, beneath a dense fine pubescence. Six sharpish tubercles on either side of lateral borders, the first of which situated about the middle of the pterygostomian ridge, and the third situated near the anterior limit of the branchial region are enlarged and spiniform. A dentiform tubercle present on either side of short posterior margin. Front sharply bidentate, the tips of the teeth being somewhat sharpened and thickened. The space between the edge of the orbit and the edge of buccal cavern is much reduced. The chelipeds are similar in both sexes. The hand is subglobular and only half the length of fingers. The fingers are slender, hooked at tip and finely denticulate.

Synonym (s)
Pariphiculus rostratus Alcock 1896

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Sandy, Muddy


• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh INDIA
• West Coast, Malabar INDIA
• East Coast, Coromandel 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 -

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