Portunus hastatoides [Status Unaccepted]   Fabricius  1798 (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

Anterolateral borders of carapace with customary nine teeth, which are alternately large and small. Two distal spines on posterior border of merus of chelipeds. Posterior border of propodus of natatory legs finely serrated.
Carapace very flat, its length in the middle line is about two-thirds its breadth not counting the great lateral spine. Front slightly prominent beyond the inner supra-orbital angles and cut into four teeth, the middle two of which are very much narrower and acuter than, and are usually as prominent than the others. Anterolateral borders of moderate length and obliquity, cut into 9 teeth, the last of which is less than three times the length of any of others in adults, but is longer in the young. Chelipeds in the adult male slightly more than twice the length of the carapace. 3 or 4 spines on the e anterior border of the arm, 2 near the far end of the posterior border. Legs more or less subtomentose, quite unarmed. The 3rd segment of the abdomen of both sexes is strongly and sharply carinate.
The ornamentation of the postero-distal border of the merus of the fifth leg is diagnostic.

Synonym (s)
Portunus hastatoides Fabricius, 1798
Portunus hastatoides Stephenson, & Campbell, 1959

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Sandy, Muddy, Coastal


• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Persian Gulf
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Athankarai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Panaikulam INDIA
• West Bengal, Sandheads INDIA
• East Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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