Macrophthalmus gastrodes   Kemp  1915 (Crab)
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Class: Malacostraca

Subquadrilateral, little broader posteriorly than the length. Strongly convex in both directions. Regions strongly outlined, convex areas granular while the grooves smooth. Front 1/6 of the width, straight or nearly so, deflexed downwards. Orbits long, oblique, weavy, outer orbital corner obtuse angular; behind it 3 shallow, crenulate teeth on antero lateral sides; postero lateral sides divergent. Outer maxillipeds leaves a wide gap between them when closed. Chelipeds and legs profusely hairy, outer side of palm smooth but for a line of hairs in the middle of palm in both sexes. At the base of dactylus one large molariform tooth present in male, not in narrow female finger of chela. Male thoracic sterna profusely granular.
The above mentioned characters distinguished the M. gastrodes from the apparently allied Macrophthalmus serratus and Macrophthalmus definitus.

Synonym (s)
Macrophthalmus gastrodes Kemp 1915

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA (Record: 00/03/1914, 00/09/1914)
• Orissa, Bay of Bengal INDIA (Record: 1995)

Literature Source(s)
  • DEB, M (1995) Crustacea: Brachyura Wetland ecosystem series 1: Fauna of Chilka Lake ZSI, Calcutta 345-366 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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