Ocypoda ceratophthalma   (Pallas)  (Crab)
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Class: Malacostraca

Size: Length of carapace: 29 mm.
Breadth of carapace: 33 mm.

Color: Whitish, the inner border of the arm of the chelipeds cherry red.

This species is distinguished by the eyestalks prolonged to form a style, the presence of a stridulating organ consisting of tubercles passsing into striae, and the anterior surface of the propodites of the first two pairs of legs being furnished with a brush of hairs.
The spooned hairs found on the second maxillipeds in Gelasimus and Macrophthalmus are surprisingly absent in all Ocypoda, although the mode of feeding is similar.
The anterior male abdominal appendages are sharply bent near the tip, which is rounded and consists of two somewhat flattened and distally rounded lobes, separated by a narrow incision between them.

Synonym (s)
Ocypode ceratophthalmus Barnard, 1950
Ocypode ceratophthalma Lanchester, 1900
Ocypoda ceratophthalma Haswell, 1882

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Sandy


• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Karnataka, Karwar INDIA
• Gujarat, Kolak INDIA
• Gujarat, Umarsadi INDIA
• Bay of Bengal

Literature Source(s)
  • Chhapgar, BF (1957) Marine crabs of Bombay state Contribution No. 1 of the Taraporevala Marine Biological Station Marine Biological Station, Department of fisheries, Bombay 89 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org

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