Phymodius nitidus [Status Unaccepted]   (Dana)  1852 (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

Carapace approximately 1.6 times as broad as long, areolae of carapace smooth, 2 M entire; wrist and palm of adult smooth.

Carapace regions well defined and subdivided by broad and deepish grooves, into smooth, polished, convex but flat-topped lobules. Front bilobed, the outer angles of each lobes distinct but not very prominent. The antero-lateral border is cut into four smooth lobes and is rather shorter than the postero-lateral. The chelipeds are unequal. The arm has several sharp teeth on the anterior border and several pearly tubercles on the distal end of the chelipeds is smooth and polished. The most characteristic feature of the legs is the dense stiff fringe of long greenish-yellow bristles that clothes the anterior border of the last four joints, concealing the sharp spines with which these borders are armed.

Synonym (s)
Pilodius nitidus Dana 1852a

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Red Sea
• 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 -
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  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu 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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