Etisus laevimanus   Randall,  1840 (Crab)
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Class: Malacostraca

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Size: Length of carapace 28 mm; breadth of carapace 44 mm

Color: Patchy orange and white, fingers of chelipeds black

Anterior part distinctly lobulated; Gastric region well defined on all sides; branchio-hepatic regions with three lobules following the antero-lateral margins. Antero-lateral border with 4 broad teeth (exclusive of the external orbital angle), the last two of which culminate in procurved points. The front is cleft in the middle line by a groove, its free edge is bow-shaped. The tooth of the inner angle of the lower edge of the orbit is blunt, and it comes into contact with the eave of the orbit beyond the tip of the process of the basal joint of the antenna. Chelipeds in the adult male about twice and a half, in the adult female a little less than twice the length of the carapace; the wrist has a blunt spine at the inner angle, otherwise they are smooth and unsculptured. Legs with both edges of all the long joints hairy, most so on the lower edge of the dactylus and on the upper edge of the other joints. The upper edge of the propodite and dactylus is also sharply granular, but there are no spines.

This species occurs in both live and dead corals in large numbers. Multitudes of this crab can be seen in exposed reefs during low tide, 6 morphs (Polymorphism) were observed in this species.

Synonym (s)
Etisus laevimanus Randall, 1839
Etisus laevimanus Haswell, 1882
Chlorodopsis espinosus Borradaile, 1902
Etisus convexus Stimpson, 1858
Etisus macrodactylus Bianconi, 1851
Etisus macrodactylus Lucas, in Jacquinot & Lucas, 1853
Etisus maculatus Heller, 1861

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Benthic, Reef Associated


• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai (Lat: 18.98) (Long: 72.83) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Red Sea
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Gujarat, Okha INDIA
• Karachi PAKISTAN
• Persian Gulf
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, South Andaman, Aberdeen Bay INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA

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