Portunus pubescens   (Dana,  1852) (Crab)
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Class: Malacostraca

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Body covered with short hairs and granules. Front composed of four teeth, the middle two being most prominent. Length of carapace distinct, more than half the greatest width. Carapace convex, covered with a coating of hairs concealing the granulated ridges, following ridges recognizable-curved mesogastric and epibranchial. Front cut into four lobes with squarish or rounded tips, inner frontal lobe a little smaller than outer. All frontal lobes project beyond the inner orbital lobe. Supra-orbital border with two distinct clefts.
Chelipeds sub-equal and short. Merus armed with three spines along the anterior border and unarmed along the posterior. Carpus with four distinct carinae all of which terminate in spines; inner and outer carinae reach up to the distal end of the segment, inner ending in the usual large spine of carpus; two carinae in the middle being short and not reaching the distal end of the segment; a short oblique carina confined to the distal half of the segment joining the dorsal hinge of carpus. Upper surface of propodus with three carinae of which inner two terminate in spines.
Inner and outer surfaces of propodus provided with a carina each.
Antero-external angle of merus of third maxilliped not produced laterally.

Synonym (s)
Lupa pubescens Dana, 1852
Portunus pubescens Stephenson, 1961
Neptunus pubescens Sakai, 1934
Neptunus (Achelous) pubescens Doflein, 1904
Neptunus (Neptunus) pubescens Sakai, 1939
Portunus pubescens Edmondson, 1954

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Coastal


• West Bengal, Sagar Island (Lat: 21.72) (Long: 88.1) INDIA
• West Bengal, Sagar Island INDIA (Record: 06/07/1977)
• West Bengal, South 24 Parganas INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Vedalai INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Zoological Survey of India (Eds) (1991) Animal resources of India (Protozoa to Mammalia) ZSI 1-694 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Bhadra, S (1995) Portunidae: Decapoda: Crustacea Estuarine ecosystem series, Part 2: Hugli Matla Estuary ZSI, Calcutta 249-262 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at - http://tnenvis.nic.in
  • Sankarankutty, C (1966) On Decapoda Brachyura from the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay Proceedings of the Symposium on Crustacea Marine Biological Association of India, Mandapam Camp Part I 347-362 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/2394/1/Article_32.pdf
  • Segar, DA and Segar, ES Coral Reef Creatures Available at - http://www.reefimages.com/
  • Roy, MKD and Nandi NC (2007) Brachyuran diversity in coastal ecosystems of Tamil Nadu Journal of Environment and Sociobiology Social Environmental and Biological Association, Kolkata, India 4(2) 169-192 Available at - NIO,Goa

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