Charybdis (Charybdis) feriata   (Linnaeus,  1758) (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

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First tooth of anterolateral borders obliquely truncate on outer border. Palm with four sharp spine in all. Anterolateral teeth broad at base,first anterior lobe bifid. Three spines on anterior borders of arm; a cross on the carapace.

Synonym (s)
Cancer cruciata Herbst, 1794
Cancer crucifer Fabricius, 1792
Cancer feriata Linnaeus, 1758
Cancer sexdentatus Herbst, 1783
Charybdis cruciata (Herbst, 1794)
Portunus crucifer Fabricius, 1798

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Sandy, Muddy, Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Vedalai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pudumadam INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai INDIA
• Karnataka, Mangalore INDIA (Record: 2002-2009)

Literature Source(s)
  • Sankarankutty, C (1966) On Decapoda Brachyura from the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay Proceedings of the Symposium on Crustacea Marine Biological Association of India, Mandapam Camp Part I 347-362 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Chavan, VS; Ingole, BS; Reddy, R; Chandramohan, D; Chhapgar, BF; Kavlekar, DP and Kulkarni, V (1998) Marine crabs of India NIO's Database on Marine Life of India (NIODMLI) Available at -
  • Roy, MKD and Nandi, NC (2005) Brachyuran diversity of coral reef ecosystems in India Proceedings of the National Seminar on Reef Ecosystem Remediation SDMRI Special Research Publication No.9 220-231 Available at -
  • Dineshbabu, AP (2011) Biology and exploitation of the crucifix crab, Charybdis (Charybdis) feriata (Linnaeus, 1758) (Brachyura: Portunidae) from Karnataka coast, India Indian Journal of fisheries Central Marine Fisheries Research institute, kochi 58(1) 25-29 Available at -

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