Carinosquilla multicarinata   (White,  1848) (Mantis Shrimp)
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Class: Malacostraca

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Size: Medium, total length up to 90mm.

Color: Diffused red, body brownish-yellow with dark rectangular patches on 2nd and 5th abdominal somites. Distal part of uropod black.

Eye with cornea bilobed, with width less than 1/3 of carapace length. Ocular scale not bifurcated. Eyestalk with no carinae. Carapace with normal complement of carinae and numerous supplementary longitudinal carinae. Median carina of the carapace distinct and uninterrupted at base of anterior bifurcation. Mandibular palp present. Raptorial claw dactylus with 5 teeth. 5th thoracic somite with bi-lobed lateral process and transverse dorsal carinae on either side of the midline. Entire body, from 6th thoracic somite to 6th abdominal somite, with numerous, densely packed longitudinal carinae; each carina with pointed end. Telson with prelateral lobe sharply pointed.

Synonym (s)
Squilla multicarinata White, 1848
Squilla multicarinata Kemp, 1913
Carinosquilla multicarinata Shanbhogue, 1975

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal


• Tamil Nadu, Kundugal Point INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam 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 -
  • Sealifebase Available at -
  • Mantis shrimps in Hong Kong waters Available at -
  • 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 -

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