Doclea gracilipes   Stimpson  1857 (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

Length of carapace (from the base of the rostrum to the base of the median posterior spine): 38 mm
Breadth of carapace: 35 mm
Length of rostrum: 6 mm
Length of median posterior spine: 4 mm
Length of second leg: 126 mm

The color of the carapace and the part of the legs covered by fur is dark green, the last two segments of the legs have a reddish tinge.

The discoid (non-globose) carapace, with elevations only on the middle line. Second pair legs are long and slender. Occurence of large size spine at the external angle of the buccal frame. The sternum and abdomen are also hairy in the male, except for two knobs on the third abdominal segment. In the female, there is no hair on the abdomen. On the second leg, the proximal half of the propodite is hairy.
The anterior male abdominal appendages are more or less straight, there being only a slight bending about the middle. The distal half of the appendage is abruptly narrowed and the tip is sharply pointed

Synonym (s)
Doclea gracilipes Alcock 1895

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Rocky


• Orissa, Mahanadi Estuary (Lat: 20.32) (Long: 86.75) INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai (Lat: 18.98) (Long: 72.83) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast (Lat: 11.48) (Long: 79.77) INDIA
• Mergui Archipelago MYANMAR
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Orissa INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (1998) Marine crabs of India National Institute of Oceanography Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Venkatraman, K; Srinivasan, M; Satyanarayana, CH and Prabhakar D (2002) Faunal diversity of Gulf of Mannar biosphere reserve Conservation area series 15 ZSI 77 pp; VIII pla Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Zoological Survey of India (Eds.) (1998) Fauna Of Mahanadi estuary, Orissa Estuarine ecosystem series no 3 ZSI, Kolkata 1-218 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Sethuramalingam, S and Khan, SA Brachyuran crabs of Parangipettai coast Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Chhapgar, BF (1957) Marine crabs of Bombay state Contribution No. 1 of the Taraporevala Marine Biological Station Marine Biological Station, Department of fisheries, Bombay 89 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Alcock, A (1968) Materials for a carcinological fauna of India the Brachyura Oxyrhyncha The Baptist Mission Press 1 1-456 Available at - Pune University, Pune
  • Hussain, SM Brief report on biodiversity in the coastal areas of Pakistan p 113
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

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