Actaea tomentosa   (H. Milne Edwards,  1834) (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

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Size: Width 26 mm; length 17 mm

Broadly oval carapace, length 2/3 of width or less. The exposed surfaces of body and appendages covered with very dense, soft, short, blackish, even felt, through which numerous, large, pearly granules are visible. The entire carapace is distinctly well outlined into convex regional lobules. Antero-lateral borders 4 lobed, strongly convex; postero-lateral sides short, concave. Exposed surfaces of appendages and under-surface of carapace are covered with such a thick felt that it concealed the granulation that exists. Arm of cheliped and upper edges of leg joints fringed with coarse, tuft of hairs. Fingers short, white at tips which are slightly hollowed out.

First male pleopod is long, narrow process, curved both proximally and distally; apex ended acute angularly. Subterminal inner border fringed with a dozens of long simple setae; both inner and outer sides of pleopod armed with scattered spinules.

Synonym (s)
Zozymus tomentosus A. M. Edwards, 1834
Actaeodes tomentosus Dana, 1854
Actaea tomentosa A. M. Edwards, 1865
Actaeodes tomentosus Guinot, 1971

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Deb, M (1989) Contribution to the study of Xanthidae: Actaeinae (Decapoda: Crustacea) of India Records of the Zoological Survey of India. Occasional Paper No. 117 ZSI, Calcutta 59 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

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