Metapograpsus maculatus   Milne Edwards  (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

Front straight and laminar. No transverse markings on the post-frontal region. Last segment of male abdomen triangular.

The carapace is much more elongate, its length being seven eighths of its breadth, it sides are very markedly convergent posteriorly, and there are no transverse markings on the post frontal region. The front is nearly three fourths the greatest breadth of the carapace, and its free edge is decidedly laminar and nearly straight. The orbits or oblique; their major diameter is less than a third the breadth of the front and the inner angle of their lower border is not denticulate. The fingers of the chelae, though their tips are spooned, are not very blunt, the dactylus is much longer than the upper border of the palm. Except perhaps in the last pair of legs, the meropodites are narrower, their greatest breadth being decidedly less than half their length. In the male abdomen the terminal segment has a somewhat three lobed appearance.

Synonym (s)
Metapograpsus maculatus H. Milne-Edwards, 1853

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine, Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Pichavaram Mangrove Forest (Lat: 11.03) (Long: 79.78) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast (Lat: 11.48) (Long: 79.77) INDIA
• West Bengal, Prentice Island (Lat: 21.67) (Long: 88.27) INDIA
• West Coast INDIA
• Gujarat, Jakhau-Babber Creek (Lat: 23.5) (Long: 68.6) INDIA (Record: 1999-2000)
• Gujarat, Sangi-Kharo Creek (Lat: 23.28) (Long: 68.51) INDIA (Record: 1999-2000)
• Gujarat, Medi-Sinthodi Creek (Lat: 23.45) (Long: 68.48) INDIA (Record: 1999-2000)
• East Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (1998) Marine crabs of India National Institute of Oceanography Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Sethuramalingam, S and Khan, SA Brachyuran crabs of Parangipettai coast Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Kathiresan, k (2000) A review of studies on Pichavaram mangrove, southeast India Hydrobiologia Kluwer Academic Publishers, Netherlands 430 108-205 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Chakraborty, SK and Choudhury, A (1992) Ecological studies on the zonation of Brachyuran crabs in a virgin mangrove island of Sundarbans, India Indian Journal of Marine Sciences The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 34 189-194 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • Jeyabaskaran, R; Wafar, S and Wafar, M (2002) CD on Brachyuran Crabs of West Coast, India Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Saravanakumar, A; Serebiah, JS; Thivakaran, GA and Rajkumar, M (2007) Benthic macrofaunal assemblage in the arid zone mangroves of Gulf of Kachchh – Gujarat Journal of Ocean University of China Ocean University of China 6(3) 303 -309 Available at -

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