Cardiosoma carnifex   (Herbst)  (Crab)
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Class: Malacostraca

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Carapace deep, convex, transverse; epibranchial regions very swollen and strongly arched anterolaterally, under surface of this region densely hairy. Front 1/4 or so; fronto orbital border much more than half of greatest width of carapace. Orbits deep, outer angle dent like. Buccal cavity elongate quadrate shape; external maxillipeds leaves between them a rhombodial gap when closed. Chelipeds stout, subequal in size and varies with age and sex. Stiff bristles, not very thickly set on the end of merii of legs, anterior edge and surface of carpus and on both borders of propodus present. Four series of spines present on the dactylii of legs. Abdomen of both male and female consists of 7 separate joints.

Synonym (s)
Cancer carnifex Herbst 1794
Cardiosoma carnifex Sakai 1976

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA (Record: 00/03/1914)
• Andhra Pradesh, Waltair INDIA (Record: 1995)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA (Record: 1995)
• MOZAMBIQUE (Record: 1995)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 2003)
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA (Record: 2003)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Lakshadweep Islands INDIA (Record: 1977-1979)

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 -
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -
  • Deb, M and Rao, GC (1993) A check-list of the brachyuran crabs (Crustacea: Decapoda)of Bay islands Journal Of The Andaman Science Association Andaman Science association, Port Blair 8(1-2) 25-34 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • George, KC; Thomas, PA; Appukuttan, KK and Gopakumar, G (1986) Ancillary living marine resources of Lakshadweep Marine Fisheries Information Service CMFRI, Cochin 68 46-50 Available at -

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