Scylla tranquebarica   (Fabricius,  1798) (Crab)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class: Malacostraca
Order:Decapoda
Family:Portunidae

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Description
Max. size: 20.0 cm CW (male).

Max. weight reported: 2,000 g.

The minimum size range at maturity for males and females was observed to be 110-120 mm and 120-130 mm respectively.


Synonym (s)
Amphitrite media Stimpson, 1858
Callinectes alcocki P. S. Chen, 1933
Callinectes platei P. S. Chen, 1933
Cancer armiger Fabricius, 1787
Cancer defensor Fabricius, 1787
Cancer menestho Herbst, 1803
Cancer tranquebarica Fabricius, 1798
Lupa hirsuta Heller, 1862
Portunus tranquebaricus Latreille, in Milbert, 1812
Portunus tranquebaricus Weber, 1795

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Cultured:  Yes

Ecology
Habitat:  Demersal, Estuarine, Coastal

Biogeography


• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast (Lat: 11.48) (Long: 79.77) INDIA
• Tamilnadu, Arukkattuthurai INDIA
• East Coast, Coromandel, Pulicat Lake INDIA (Record: 1997-1998)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Kerala, Ashtamudi Lake INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2001)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Arukkattuthurai (Lat: 10.39) (Long: 79.86) INDIA (Record: 09/2007-08/2008)
• Tamil Nadu, Kodikkarai (Lat: 10.3) (Long: 79.85) INDIA (Record: 09/2007-08/2008)
• Tamil Nadu, Mallipattinam (Lat: 10.27) (Long: 79.32) INDIA (Record: 09/2007-08/2008)
• Tamil Nadu, Manalmelkudi (Lat: 10.42) (Long: 79.31) INDIA (Record: 09/2007-08/2008)
• Tamil Nadu, Adirampattinam (Lat: 9.95) (Long: 79.18) INDIA (Record: 09/2007-08/2008)
• Tamil Nadu, Pulicat Lake INDIA
• Karnataka INDIA (Record: 2001-2007)
• Karnataka, Off Mangalore INDIA (Record: 2001-2007)
• Orissa, Chilika Lake (Lat: 19.46) (Long: 85.1) INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake (Lat: 19.9) (Long: 85.58) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pulicat Lake (Lat: 13.41) (Long: 80.05) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pulicat Lake (Lat: 13.91) (Long: 80.31) INDIA
• Kerala, Vembanad Lake (Lat: 9.5) (Long: 76.21) INDIA
• Kerala, Vembanad Lake (Lat: 10.33) (Long: 76.83) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.16) (Long: 85.83) INDIA
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.63) (Long: 89.83) INDIA
• West Bengal, South 24 Parganas INDIA
• Kerala, Kollam, Neendakara INDIA (Record: 05/2005-04/2006)
• Kerala, Ernakulam, Murambam INDIA (Record: 05/2005-04/2006)
• Kerala, Malappurram, Ponnani INDIA (Record: 05/2005-04/2006)
• Kerala, Kozhikode, Puthiyappa (Lat: 11.5) (Long: 76) INDIA (Record: 05/2005-04/2006)
• Kerala, Kannur, Azhikkal INDIA (Record: 05/2005-04/2006)

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