Charybdis (Charybdis) cruciata   (Herbst)  (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

First spine of the antero-lateral sides of carapace bifid, the last is almost spine-like while the other four broad anteriorly - acuminate lobes. Dorsal surface of carapace with six longitudinal bands of dark brown color extending over three-quarters of its length. Sixth abdominal tergum of male with curved and gradually convergent sides.

Synonym (s)
Cancer cruciatus Herbst 1794
Charybdis (Charybdis) cruciata Chakraborty, Chowdhury & Deb 1986

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Coastal


• Tamil Nadu INDIA (Record: 1995)
• Orissa INDIA (Record: 1995)
• West Bengal, Hugli River Mouth INDIA (Record: 1922-1923)
• West Bengal, Bakkhali INDIA (Record: 07/03/1985)
• West Bengal, Jharkhali INDIA (Record: 25/06/1986)
• Maharashtra INDIA (Record: 1995)
• West Bengal, Sandheads INDIA (Record: 1922-1923)
• West coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Palk Bay INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Bhadra, S (1995) Portunidae: Decapoda: Crustacea Estuarine ecosystem series, Part 2: Hugli Matla Estuary ZSI, Calcutta 249-262 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Rao, PV; Thomas, MM; and Rao, GS (1973) The Crab fishery resources of India Proceedings of the symposium on living resources of the seas around India Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute,Cochin-11 579-591 Available at -

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