Calcinus latens   (Randall,  1840) (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

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Color: Body yellowish and light red (preserved specimens).

Carapace with short rostrum which is pointed and triangular, more prominent than the antennal angles. Ophthalmic scales simple and pointed anteriorly. Antennal acicle with serrated outer margin and provided with a few spines on inner aspect, reaching nearly one fourth the terminal joint of anntenal peduncle. Upper border of merus faintly serrated. Upper border of carapace with a spinule at the far end and bears a conspicuous tubercle near the middle, at the proximal end. Merus has a pair of spinules at the far end, near distal extremity. Setae are sparcely arranged near the inner aspect of the fingers. Fingers meeting at the tip with obscure teeth on inner aspect. Right chelipeds with large terminal tooth, distally on the inner side of the carpus. Superior surface of palm with crest of five stout, dark tipped spines extending the entire length of palm, each spine with setae at the base. Inner border of free finger also toothed. Tips of fingers typically spooned. Lower inner aspect of merus with 2 sharp and one blunt spine. Setae long and sparse. 2nd and 3rd legs with distal tooth on carpus. Lomg thin tufts of setae on the distal end of propodus and dactylus, rest with sparsely arranged small setae.

Synonym (s)
Pagurus latens Randall, 1840
Calcinus latens Fize and Serene, 1955
Calcinus abrolhensis Morgan, 1988
(Junior synonym)
Calcinus intermedius De Man, 1881
(Junior synonym)
Pagurus cristimanus H. Milne Edwards, 1848
(Junior synonym)
Calcinus terraereginae Haswell, 1882
(junior synonym)
Calcinus cristimanus (H. Milne Edwards, 1848)
(Junior synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Benthic


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Marine Bay INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Sealifebase Available at -
  • Florida Museum of Natural History Available at -
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