Dardanus hessi   (Miers)  (Crab)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class: Malacostraca
Order:Decapoda
Family:Diogenidae

Description
When alive the carapace and legs are cream colored with red patches. The dactylus of walking legs, the fingers and distal part of the palm of cheliped are brick red in color.

This fairly big sized hermit crab is observed to occupy the shells of 8 species of gastropods.


Synonym (s)
Pagurus similimanus Henderson, 1888
Pagurus hessi Miers, 1884
Pagurus hessi Alcock, 1905
Pagurus hessi Fize and Serene, 1955
Dardanus hessi Gordon, 1956

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Coastal

Biogeography


• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast INDIA
• Gulf of Oman
• INDONESIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Lawsons Bay INDIA (Record: 09/1986-05/1988) (Depth: 20-50 mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • Khan, SA and Natarajan, R (1984) Hermit crab of Porto Novo coast (Decapoda: Anomura) Miscellaneous publication occasional paper no 67 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI 39838 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Ajmalkhan, S (1992) Hermit crabs of Parangipettai Coast CASMB, Parangipettai, India. p 39 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Dr. Ramesh, R; Dr. Nammalwar, P and Dr. Gowri, VS (2008) Database on coastal information of Tamil Nadu Report Submitted to Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre, Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Available at - http://tnenvis.nic.in/PDF/coastal%20data.pdf
  • Raman, AV and Adiseshasai, K (1989) Macrobenthos from littoral areas off Visakhapatnam, east coast of India Indian Journal of Marine Sciences Scientific Publishers 18(4) 265-269 Available at - NIO, Goa

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