Banareia kraussi   (Heller,  1861) (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

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Size: Width 43 mm; length 30 mm

Large, very convex crab, with broadly oval carapace. Covered all over, except the finger tips, with thick, dense, brown fur and long, stiff, numerous setae. On denudation the well outlined lobules of carapace are very convex, covered with pearly granules and separated by deep, smooth, narrow grooves. Four antero-lateral lobes are deeply separated and the notches are ventrally connected on pterygostomian region by grooves which separates the lobes. Front narrow, with four, subequal lobes. The ischia of the external maxillipeds are narrower at the base and leaves a triangular hiatus between them. Outer side of wrists lobulated and of palm tuberculated below and upper part traversed by six longitudinal rows of tubercles. Fingers are compressed, thin, long and like the blade of knife, cutting edge of propodus armed at its base with three teeth and of dactylus almost smooth.

Synonym (s)
Actaea kraussi Heller, 1861
Banareia inconspicua Miers, 1884
Banareiopsis australiensis Ward, 1936
Actaea (Banareia) kraussi Sakai, 1939
Banareia odhneri Sakai, 1974
Banareia kraussi Serene, 1984

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Red Sea

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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