Pseudosquilla ciliata   (Fabricius,  1798) (Mantis Shrimp)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

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Cornea subcylindrical. Rostrum broader than long, lacking apical spine. Dactylus of raptorial claw slender, with 3 teeth. Sixth abdominal semite with sharp posterior spines. Telson with sharp median carina, 3 pairs of marginal teeth present, submedians with slender movable apices and submedian denticles absent.

Synonym (s)
Squilla ciliata Fabricius, 1787
Pseudosquilla ciliata Lanchester, 1903
Pseudosquilla ciliata Shanbhogue, 1969
Pseudosquilla ciliata var. occidentalis Borradaile, 1900
Squilla quadrispinosa Eydoux & Souleyet, 1842
Squilla stylifera Lamarck, 1818

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Sandy
Prey:  Small crustaceans, particularly shrimp, worms, small fish


• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Tikadar, BK; Daniel, A and Subbarao, NV (1986) Sea shore animals of Andaman and Nicobar Islands The Director, ZSI, Kolkatta 188 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Nagabhushanam, AK and Krishnan, S (1993) Observations on the distribution of some of the marine organism inhabiting the inter-tidal zone along the western continental shelf of the Bay of Bengal, with particular reference to the Tamil Nadu coastal strip Records of the Zoological Survey of India 93(3-4) 449-490 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Moosa, MK and Cleva, R (1984) On a collection of Stomatopoda (Crustacea, Hoplocarida) from the Seychelles Islands Bulletin du Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle Section A Zoologie Biologie et Ecologie Animales 6(2) 421-429 Available at - Zoological Records
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Ghosh, HC (1990) Crustacea: Stomatopoda State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 199-212 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Caldwell, R Roy's list of stomatopods for the aquarium Available at -
  • Starfish Available at -
  • Sundaram, KS; Sarvesan, R; Mohamed, KH and Shanbhogue, SL (1969) Catalogue of molluscs, prawns, stomatopods and marine algae in the reference collections of the central marine fisheries research institute Bulletin Of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 9 1-52 Available at -

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