Atergatis integerrimus   (Lamarck,  1818) (Crab)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class: Malacostraca
Order:Decapoda
Family:Xanthidae

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Description
Size: Length of carapace 64 mm; breadth of carapace 98 mm

Color: Brick red, the pits on the carapace whitish, fingers black, with whitish tips and teeth

The anterior third or half of carapace surface irregularly and rather distantly pitted, especially near the front and anterolateral borders. The edges of anterolateral borders being sharp and crest like, and forming a ridge at the lateral epibranchial angle. The front which is little prominent, meets the anterolateral borders at a wide but very distinct angle. Orbits very small, their width being much less than a third the width of the front. Surface of external maxillipeds either quite smooth or with short and scanty hair. Chelipeds equal; the upper edge of the merus sharply, hand and finger bluntly crusted. The outer surface of the legs is hardly pitted; the claw, in all the legs is hairy, there is a little tuff of hair near the far end of the lower edge of the propodite, but all the other joints are generally free of hair.


Synonym (s)
Cancer integerrimus Lamarck, 1801
Cancer (Atergatis) integerrimus De Haan, 1850
Atergatis integerrimus De Man, 1887
Atergatis subdivisus White, 1848
Cancer integerrimus Lamarck, 1818
Cancer laevis latipes Seba, 1761

Common Name (s)
• Red Egg Crab (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Dangers
(Toxic species
Poisonous)

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated, Rocky, Sandy, Coastal

Biogeography


• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Bay of Bengal (Lat: 15) (Long: 90) INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh INDIA
• West Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• MAURITIUS
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Karnataka, Karwar INDIA
• Gujarat, Okha INDIA
• Zanzibar TANZANIA
• INDIA
• Gujarat INDIA
• Maharashtra INDIA
• Karnataka INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Gujarat, Dwarka Reef INDIA
• Gujarat, Okha Reef INDIA
• Gujarat, Adatra Reef INDIA
• Karnataka INDIA (Record: 2001-2007)

Literature Source(s)
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