Leipocten sordidulum   Kemp  (Crab)
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Class: Malacostraca

Subquadrilateral in shape, antero lateral sides subparallel, little divergent posteriorly and then angularly bent and convergent. Surface slightly convex in both the directions, regional areolae faintly outlined. Under dense hairs small pearly granules and pits present, these granules variable in number and disposition. Some females more granular than other females and in males these granules absent except near the lateral margin. Some of these marginal, mid lateral granules and few above the base of legs, are prominent, large. In females these granules arranged to form one or two lobes or teeth. Front 1/3 of the width, slightly concave. In dorsal view, front straight. Supra orbital edge weavy, smooth or rough. Lower orbital edge crenulate. True posterior border straight, as long as front. Chelipeds symmetrical; palms very large, bare in male and hairy, narrower in female; cutting edges of both the fingers bluntly dentate, only one large long dent present at the base of dactylus. Female palm narrow and bears 3-4 rows of large spines and hairs. Legs short, stout, upper edge of merii granular and its lower edge spinulate; carpus and propodus swolen, dactylus conical and gently curved. Male abdomen six jointed, (2nd & 3rd joint fused); narrower than 7 jointed female abdomen.
The specimens are profusely hairy when denuded the above characters can be detectable.

Synonym (s)
Leipocten sordidulum Kemp 1915
Leipocten sordidulum Sakai 1976

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA (Record: 00/03/1914, 00/12/1914)
• Tamil Nadu, Ennore INDIA (Record: 1995)
• East Coast INDIA (Record: 1995)

Literature Source(s)
  • DEB, M (1995) Crustacea: Brachyura Wetland ecosystem series 1: Fauna of Chilka Lake ZSI, Calcutta 345-366 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

Page last updated on:2009-05-11

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