Macrophthalmus erato   De Man,  1888 (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

Color: Carapace is pale grey in life.

Carapace is smooth at the middle but with a few granules in the branchial region, lateral border of carapace somewhat parallel. Frontal groove moderately narrow and eyestalk not projected beyond antero-lateral angle. Upper orbital margin slightly oblique and finely crenulated, suborbital margin with two triangular lobes or oblique tubercles at distal end. 3 margins of merus of cheliped serrated, manus longer than the merus and inner surface hairy and with a spine. 3rd walking leg with a tuft of hair at manus and carpus.

Synonym (s)
Macrophthalmus erato de Man, 1888
Macrophthalmus erato Guinot and Dumortier, 1960

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Sandy


• West Bengal, Sagar Island (Lat: 21.72) (Long: 88.1) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pichavaram Mangrove Forest (Lat: 11.03) (Long: 79.78) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast (Lat: 11.48) (Long: 79.77) INDIA
• West Bengal, Sagar Island INDIA (Record: 28/05/1975)
• West Bengal, Bakkhali INDIA (Record: 06/03/1985)
• Orissa INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Sethuramalingam, S and Khan, SA Brachyuran crabs of Parangipettai coast Available at - NIO, Goa
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  • Kathiresan, k (2000) A review of studies on Pichavaram mangrove, southeast India Hydrobiologia Kluwer Academic Publishers, Netherlands 430 108-205 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Bairagi, N (1995) Ocypodidae: Decapoda: Crustacea Estuarine ecosystem series, Part 2: Hugli Matla Estuary ZSI, Calcutta 263-287 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
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