Harpiosquilla melanoura   Manning,  1968 (Mantis Shrimp)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

Image copyrights: Annamalai University

A. Anterior portion of carapace; B Last two abdominal somites, telson and uropod

Size: Max length 16.8 cm TL (female)

Color: Inner and outer surface of antennular peduncles with distal black spot on each segment; antero-lateral angle of antennal scale dark, antero-internal angle dark in some specimens. Basal portion of the rostral plate with oval area outlined with dark pigment. Anterolateral margins, gastric grooves and posterior median margin of carapace dark. Median area, anterior to cervical groove, with dark oval patch. Merus of claw with three dark spots, one at inner distal margin, one on proximal edge of dorsal depression and one subdistally on outer surface. Propodus of claw with inner and outer dark spots. Posterior three thoracic and anterior five abdominal somites (sixth in some specimens) with posterior black lines. Second abdominal somite with thin transverse dark bar. Traces of dark pigment also present medially on third to fifth somites. Dorsal surface of telson with proximal submedian pair of oval dark spots, surface pits also dark; ventral surface of telson dark along midline, with dark patch at base of each tooth. Anterior edge of basal segment of uropod dark; distal portion of proximal segment of uropod exopod dark; distal segment of exopod jet black; distal half or two thirds of endopod dark.

Synonym (s)
Harpiosquilla melanoura Shanbhogue, 1975

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal, Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast 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
  • Sealifebase Available at - http://www.sealifebase.org/
  • Balaji,K; Thirumaran, G, Arumugam, R, Kumaraguruvasagam, KR and Anantharaman, P (2007) Marine ornamental invertebrate resources of Parangipettai coastal waters (south east coast of India) Journal of fisheries and aquatic science Academic Journals 2(5) 328-336 Available at - http://docsdrive.com/pdfs/academicjournals/jfas/2007/328-336.pdf

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