Dardanus hessii   (Miers,  1884) (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

Size: 27 mm

Eyes reniform. Eye stalks depressed, broad distally, reaching upto the middle of the terminal joint of the antennular peduncle, or as long as the antennal peduncle. Chelipeds hairy and similar on both sides. Inner lower border of merus, inner upper borders of merus, carpus, propodus and dactylus of both the chelipeds with conspicuous claw-shaped spines. Outer surface of these joints with distinct spines arranged in 3 or 4 longitudinal rows. Second and third legs look alike on both sides. Upper border of carpus and propodus with claw-shaped spines which continue less conspicuously on dactylus. Outer surface of the distal ends of dactylii thickly setose.

Synonym (s)
Pagurus hessii Miers, 1884
Pagarus hessii Alcock, 1905
Dardanus hessii Thomas, 1989
Pagurus similimanus Henderson, 1888
(Junior synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Demersal


• West Bengal, Digha Coast (Lat: 21.61) (Long: 87.53) INDIA
• Orissa INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Kakinada INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA
• West Bengal, Sandheads INDIA (Record: 04/1922-05/1922, 26/08/1922, 11/01/1923, 11/01/1925, 08/1927-09/1927, 01/1928, 02/1928-03/1928, 11/1940-12/1940)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Little Andaman, Hut Bay (Lat: 10.64) (Long: 92.57) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Little Andaman, Harbindar Bay INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Little Andaman, Dugong Creek (Lat: 10.75) (Long: 92.5) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Ramakrishna; Sarkar, J and Talukdar, S (2003) Marine invertebrates of Digha coast and some recomendations on their conservation Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Kolkata 101(3-4) 1 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Goswami, BCB (1992) Marine fauna of Digha coast of West Bengal, India Journal of Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 34 115-137 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Reddy, KN (1995) Hermit crabs (Crustacea: Decapoda) Estuarine ecosystem series, Part 2: Hugli Matla Estuary ZSI, West Bengal 199-215 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Sealifebase Available at - http://www.sealifebase.org/
  • Sahu, MK; Murugan, M; Khan, SA and Kannan, L (2006) Crustacean resources of the coral reef environment of the little Andaman island, India Fishing Chimes 26(6) 56-59 Available at - NIO, Goa

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