Eriphia sebana   (Shaw & Nodder,  1803) (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

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Max. size: 8.0 cm CW (male)

Carapace nearly 4/5 as long as broad, devoid of hair dorsally; front cut into blunt teeth. Chelipeds smooth to the naked eye.
Carapace smooth, but closely covered with very small vesiculous granules not plainly visible to the naked eye. The post orbital groove is distinct. The free edge of the frontal lobes are bluntly spinate; there is a blunt spine also at the lower angle of the orbit. Chelipeds almost smooth to the naked eye. Though closely covered with small depressed vesiculous granules under the lens. Legs stout, smooth, upper edge of merus denticulate and somewhat hairy, the lower edge with tufts of stiff hair; similar tufts of hair along upper edge of carpus and on all the edges and surfaces of the propodite. The greater part of the dactylus covered with short stiff hairs and longer bristles.

Occasionally mildly poisonous in some parts of its range.

Synonym (s)
Cancer sebana Shaw and Nodder, 1803
Eriphia fordii MacLeay, 1838
Eriphia laevimana Guerin, 1829
Eriphia sebana hawaiiensis Ward, 1939
Eriphia trapeziformis Hess, 1865
Gecarcinus anisocheles Latreille, 1818

Common Name (s)
• Red Eyed Rock Crab (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Dangers

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Rocky, Coastal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 12.5) (Long: 92.75) INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Red Sea
• Tamil Nadu, Pullivasal Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • Hussain, SM Brief report on biodiversity in the coastal areas of Pakistan p 113
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