Platylambrus prensor   (Herbst,  1803) (Crab)
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Class: Malacostraca

Carapace broader than long, having sides rounded, median and branchial regions strongly prominent, anterolateral margin armed with 7 to 8 compressed teeth, a large spine at lateral epibranchial angle.

Carapace broader than long, broadly triangular with the sides rounded. The median and branchial regions are strongly prominent, the former having three small spinules in the middle line, the latter having each two oblique granular ridges. The antero-lateral margin is armed with 7 or 8 nearly equal-sized close-set compressed teeth, behind which at the lateral epibranchial angel is a very large blade like spine. The rostrum is acute, concave at base and slightly recurved at tip. The chelipeds are massive and are about three times the greatest length of the carapace. Their surface is almost smooth, the arm is rhomboidal in transverse section, and the palm is sharply trigonal. The inner or anterior edges of the arm, wrist and hand are spinate. The spines growing larger towards the end of the palm, while the posterior edges of the same three joints are very strongly and closely lacinate. The merus, carpus, propodus of the ambulatory legs have the anterior border strongly and sharply carinate, while the merus has also the posterior border spinate.

Synonym (s)
Lambrus prensor Herbst, 1803

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Sandy, Muddy


• West Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• East Coast 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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