Charybdis rostrata   (A.Milne Edwards)  1861 (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

Dorsal view of Charybdis rostrata A. Milne Edwards

Size: Width of carapace 25 mm; length of carapace 20 mm.

Color: Carapace brownish purple; chelipeds creamy to brownish chocolate colored.

Carapace about four-fifth as long as broad, more or less convex with granular ridges; front prominent and cut into six teeth, the middle two teeth remarkably larger and bluntly pointed; antero-lateral border with six serrulate, spine-like and acuminate teeth. Chelipeds nearly smooth, less than twice as long as the carapace; palm with two spines on the anterior border and none on the posterior border; wrist with a strong spine at the inner angle and two-three spinules at the outer angles; hands six-costate and inflated in the male but not so inflated in the female; fingers longer than the palm in the smaller cheliped and as long as the palm of major cheliped. Sixth segment of male abdomen broader than long, gently curved and convergent at the sides.

Synonym (s)
Charybdis rostrata A. Milne 1861
Charybdis rostrata A. Milne Edwards 1861
Charybdis rostrata Alcock 1899

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(It is dried along with fresh fihes to prepare a low grade of dry fish for fish-meal indutries.)

Habitat:  Coastal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 12.5) (Long: 92.75) INDIA
• West Bengal, Sunderban Coast INDIA (Record: 1994)
• West Bengal INDIA (Record: 1994)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA (Record: 1994)
• SRI LANKA (Record: 1994)

Literature Source(s)
  • (1995) Hugali Matla estuary: West Bengal ZSI, Kolkatta 1-542
  • Alcock, A (1968) Materials for a carcinological fauna of India the Brachyura Oxyrhyncha The Baptist Mission Press 1 1-456 Available at - Pune University, Pune
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Nandi, NC and Pramanik, SK (1994) Crabs and crab fisheries of Sunderban Hindustan Publishing Corporation, Delhi 192 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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