Philyra corallicola   Alcock,  1896 (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

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Size: Male carapace diameter 6mm-8mm.

Color: Sandy brown.

Regions of carapace forming independent swellings, covered with large vesiculous granules.

Carapace perfectly circular, convex. The hepatic regions form a pair of distinct dorsal swellings and the branchial regions are separated from the median regions by deepish grooves. These and the posterior part of the gastric region, as well as the convexities of the other regions are covered with large vesciculous granules. The front is divided longitudinally, from edge to base, into two tumid lobes by a deepish groove. The entire margin of carapace is finely evenly and sharply crenulate. The chelipeds in the male are about 1ΒΌ times the length of the carapace. The abdomen of the male consists of 3 pieces, the broad base of the long triangular, second piece being granular. At the distal end of second piece is a stout denticle.

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Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Estuarine, Sandy, Coastal


• West Coast, Malabar INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Maharashtra, Ratnagiri INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Vellar Estuary (Lat: 11.48) (Long: 79.76) INDIA
• Kerala, Malabar Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Waltair Coast INDIA
• Kerala, Travancore Coast INDIA
• Karnataka INDIA (Record: 2001-2007)
• 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 -
  • Kannupandi, T; Krishnamurthy, M; Soundarapandian, P and Samuel, NJ (2005) Effect of initial starvation on the larval survival and development of the inshore water crab, Philyra corallicola Alcock Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin, India 47(1) 97-100 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Roy, MKD and Nandi, NC (2005) Brachyuran diversity of coral reef ecosystems in India Proceedings of the National Seminar on Reef Ecosystem Remediation SDMRI Special Research Publication No.9 220-231 Available at -
  • Dineshbabu, AP; Durgekar, RN and Zacharia, PU (2011) Estuarine and marine decapods of Karnataka inventory Fishing Chimes Mr.J.V.H. Dixitulu 30 (10-11) 20-24 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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