Oratosquilla woodmasoni   (Kemp,  1911) (Mantis Shrimp)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

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A. Basal process of uropod, left side in ventral view; B. Anterior half of the specimen; C. Raptorial claw

Size: Total length 66-92 mm.

Color: Pale yellow; dorsal surface with dark brown chromatophores. Posterior margins of thoracic and abdominal somites dark.

Eyes large, cornea bilobed and set obliquely on stalk. Rostrum broader than long, apex truncate. Anterior bifurcation of median carina of carapace indicated by dark dots. Dactylus of raptorial claw with 6 teeth, outer margin sinuous, dorsal ridge of carpus of claw with 2-3 tubercles. All three exposed thoracic somites bilobed. Submedian carina on 5th abdominal somites slightly divergent.

Synonym (s)
Squilla woodmasoni Kemp, 1913
Oratosquilla woodmasoni Shanbhogue, 1975
Squilla woodmasoni Kemp, 1911
Oratosquilla woodmasoni Manning, 1878

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Tamil Nadu, Kundugal Point INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast INDIA
• West Bengal, Sagar Island INDIA (Record: 23/12/1978)
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Pondicherry INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Vedalai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Colachel INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Lyla, PS; Chandrashekaran, VS and Khan, SA (1997) Stomatopods of Parangipettai coast Annamalai University, Parangipettai 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
  • Ghosh, HC (1995) Stomatopoda: Crustacea Estuarine ecosystem series, Part 2: Hugli Matla Estuary ZSI, Calcutta 179-189 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at - http://tnenvis.nic.in
  • Sundaram, KS; Sarvesan, R; Mohamed, KH and Shanbhogue, SL (1969) Catalogue of molluscs, prawns, stomatopods and marine algae in the reference collections of the central marine fisheries research institute Bulletin Of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 9 1-52 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/570/1/Bulletin_9.pdf

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