Banareia armata   A. Milne Edwards,  1869 (Crab)
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Class: Malacostraca

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Size: Width 17 mm; length 12 mm

Broadly oval, medium sized crab with well lobulated and well covered carapace with dense, short fur and with numerous long, stiff, dark brown setae present all over, except on fingers and lower part of palms. When denuded the convex lobules of the carapace are seen to be covered with small, closely set, pearly granules and the grooves are smooth and wide. Front bilobed, free edges of lobes are concave and well separated from the inner, supra orbital edges. Antero-lateral sides of carapace divided into four, granular, unequal lobes. Postero-lateral sides markedly concave and convergent.

Outer surface of wrists lobulated as on the carapace; upper, outer part of hands when denuded shows six longitudinal rows of granules; lower part of palm and fingers are smooth and polished. The fingers are thin, compressed and sharp, like the blade of a knife; cutting edge of dactylus entire, of propodus it is armed with three unequal teeth at the basal end. Fingers are glazed, polished, white in color.

Anterior male pleopod strongly curved at the middle and with rounded, spooned apex, subapical region of outer side armed with a group of strong, curved, scattered spinules and the inner side adorned with a cluster of 15-20 long setae.

Synonym (s)
Banareia armata A. M. Edwards, 1869
Actaea armata Odhner, 1925

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands 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 -
  • 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

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