Acanthosquilla acanthocarpus   (Claus,  1871) (Mantis Shrimp)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

Color: The coloration is very characteristic. The whole of the rostrum except the apical spine and a narrow proximal band is black. There are three broad transverse bands of the same color on the carapace, the posterior of which encloses a pale oval spot on either side. The last three thoracic and all the abdominal somites have each a broad median, transverse, black band, leaving pale anterior and posterior borders. On the sixth somite the posterior pale border is sometimes obsolete. The telson has a pair of large rounded patches of the same black pigment, involving both the intermediate and lateral dorsal spines and frequently coalescing anteriorly. The inner uropod is entirely black, so also the spines of the bifurcated process except at the extreme apex. The peduncular segment is dark proximally; the first segment of the exopod has a round black distal spot, while the ultimate segment is obliquely divided into dark anterior and pale posterior portions.

Synonym (s)
Lysiosquilla acanthocarpus Miers, 1880
Lysiosquilla acanthocarpus Jurich, 1904
Lysiosquilla acanthocarpus Kemp, 1913
Acanthosquilla acanthocarpus Shanbhogue, 1975
Lysiosquilla sarasinorum Muller, 1886
(Junior synonym)
Coronis acanthocarpus Claus, 1871
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal


• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar 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 -
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu 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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