Pseudoliomera variolosa   (Borradaile,  1902) (Crab)
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Class: Malacostraca

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Small, hairy, thick crab; lobules distinct only medially, indistinct on branchial regions, 2 m. divided; cardiac region subcircular, granules fine, microscopic.

Carapace thick, not very broad, strongly convex, well lobulated, covered all over with short, white, thick fur and long, silky, yellowish hairs. The thick velvet of hairs almost conceal the grooves and tubercles present on the carapace. Front convex, extend much beyond the orbital edge, deflexed vertically down wards. Antero-lateral sides thick crest like, indistinctly four lobed and the edges of these four, flat, lobes are minutely beaded. Postero-lateral sides short, concave and convergent. The pterygostomian region smooth, not marked by grooves from the gap in between the antero-lateral lobes. Palms enlarged, swollen, almost equal, lobulations on the outer surfaces of wrists and palms ill defined, fingers short, blunt pointed, light brown to white in color, dentry edge of fixed finger armed with a large tooth. Dactylus very short, markedly curved and reach at the middle of propodus. Outer surface of chelipeds granular, lower edge of palm beaded, crest like. Leg joints covered with thick coat of hairs and bristles. Anterior male pleopod is grooved, curved process, inner subapical area hairy as usual Ivory white in color all over including the fingers.

Synonym (s)
Actaea variolosa Borradaile, 1902

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• East Coast INDIA
• 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 -
  • CalPhotos 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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