Clibanarius padavensis   De Man,  1888 (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

Size: 8-22.5 mm

Color: When alive, body is yellowish green. Three longitudinal crimson colored stripes are present, one on the dorsal side and two on the lateral sides of the eyestalks. When viewed from above the corneal peninsula is very distinct and white in color. Crimson colored longitudinal stripes are also present on all the periopods, very distinct on walking legs and on antennal peduncles. Formalin preserved specimens are yellow in color and the stripes become red in color.

Eyestalks as long as the the antennular peduncles but about one-sixth longer than the anterior border of the carapace. Chelipeds equal, similar. Merus with 1 or 2 spinules at the distal end of the outer lower border. Carpus with a distinct spine at the distal end of the dorsal inner border.

Synonym (s)
Clibanarius padavensis Thomas, 1989

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Estuarine, Sandy, Coastal


• West Bengal, Sundarbans (Lat: 21.5) (Long: 88.17) INDIA
• West Bengal, Digha Coast (Lat: 21.61) (Long: 87.53) INDIA
• West Coast INDIA
• Bay of Bengal INDIA
• West Bengal, Port Canning INDIA (Record: 00/12/1914, 08/03/1918)
• Orissa, Chilika Lagoon (Lat: 19.77) (Long: 85.33) INDIA
• West Bengal, Belgachia INDIA (Record: 21/06/1917)
• Orissa, Manikpatna INDIA (Record: 11/06/1969)
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA (Record: 09/12/1985)
• West Bengal, Sundarbans, Bhangon-Kalighat INDIA (Record: 11/03/1985)
• West Bengal, Sundarbans, Rajarhat INDIA (Record: 12/03/1985)
• West Bengal, Canning INDIA (Record: 10/03/1985)
• West Bengal, Saznekhali INDIA (Record: 07/08/1955, 22/03/1958)
• West Bengal, Digha Ghat INDIA (Record: 06/081976, 08/08/1976)
• West Bengal, Junput INDIA (Record: 08/11/1977)
• West Bengal, Bakkhali INDIA (Record: 11/04/1978, 21/12/1978)
• West Bengal, Sagar Island INDIA (Record: 12/04/1978)
• West Bengal, Kachuberia INDIA (Record: 13/04/1978)
• West Bengal, Sagar Island, Chemaguri Creek INDIA (Record: 14/04/1978)
• West Bengal, Sundarbans INDIA (Record: 16/09/1983)
• West Bengal, Jhingakhali INDIA (Record: 13/09/1983)
• West Bengal, Sundarbans, Matla Island INDIA (Record: 12/09/1983)
• West Bengal, Gosaba INDIA (Record: 14/09/1983, 17/09/1984, 14/03/1985)
• West Bengal, Sundarbans, Bangadhuni Island INDIA (Record: 18/09/1983)
• West Bengal, Sundarbans, South Parghumti INDIA (Record: 09/091984)
• West Bengal, Sundarbans, Chhota Mollakhali INDIA (Record: 12/09/1984)
• Orissa, Chilika Lagoon INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Waltair INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Adyar River Mouth INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai beach INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Vellar Estuary INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Vellar Estuary INDIA
• Karnataka INDIA (Record: 2001-2007)
• Tamil Nadu, Athankarai River Mouth INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram Island INDIA
• West Bengal, South 24 Parganas INDIA
• West Bengal, Medinipur INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Little Andaman, Hut Bay (Lat: 10.64) (Long: 92.57) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Little Andaman, R.K. Pur INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Little Andaman (Lat: 10.75) (Long: 92.5) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Little Andaman, Harbindar Bay INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Little Andaman, Nanjappa Nagar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Little Andaman, Dugong Creek (Lat: 10.75) (Long: 92.5) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Little Andaman, Butler Bay (Lat: 10.75) (Long: 92.5) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Adyar Backwaters INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Cooum Estuary (Lat: 13.16) (Long: 80.26) INDIA

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