Huenia proteus   de Haan,  1839 (Crab)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class: Malacostraca
Order:Decapoda
Family:Epialtidae

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Description
Carapace flat, depressed, with two low elevations in the middle line, otherwise smooth. In the male the carapace is elongate triangular, with the lateral epibranchial angles produced to form small lobes, and sometimes with hepatic regions expanded in the same way. In the female the carapace is quadrilobate, owing to the foliaceous extension of the hepatic and epibranchial angles. Rostrum long, simple, acute, deep and laterally compressed. Supra-ocular spines small. In the male the chelipeds are somewhat shorter, and the next pair of legs are somewhat longer than the carapace and rostrum combined. In the female the chelipeds are considerably shorter than and the next pair of legs are about the same as, the carapace and rostrum. The last three pairs of legs are very short. The dactyli of the ambulatory legs are stout, strongly recurved and more or less toothed along the posterior margins.

Body of the species resembles the Halimeda weed among which it is generally found.


Synonym (s)
Huenia proteus C. W. S. Aurivillius, 1888
Huenia proteus Haswell, 1879
Huenia proteus Henderson, 1893
Huenia proteus Ortmann, 1893
Huenia proteus R. I. Pocock, 1890
Maja (Huenia) proteus De Haan, 1839

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated, Rocky

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy (Lat: 8.12) (Long: 73.3) INDIA
• Lakshadweep (Lat: 10.5) (Long: 73) INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• INDIA
• Red Sea
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep Islands (Lat: 8.28) (Long: 72.16) INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep Islands (Lat: 11.68) (Long: 73.68) INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)

Literature Source(s)
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  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Sulawesi Sea Slugs Available at - http://www.sulawesiseaslugs.com/index.htm
  • Roy, MKD and Nandi, NC (2005) Brachyuran diversity of coral reef ecosystems in India Proceedings of the National Seminar on Reef Ecosystem Remediation SDMRI Special Research Publication No.9 220-231 Available at - http://www.sdmri.org/reports/proceedings%202005%20-%20sdmri.pdf
  • Deb, M and Rao, GC (1993) A check-list of the brachyuran crabs (Crustacea: Decapoda)of Bay islands Journal Of The Andaman Science Association Andaman Science association, Port Blair 8(1-2) 25-34 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • James, PSBR ; Thomas, PA ; Pillai, CSG and Achari Kumaraswamy, GP (1969) ´╗┐Catalogue of types and of sponges, corals, polychaetes, crabs and echinoderms in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 7 1-66 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/567/1/Bulletin_7.pdf
  • Rao, GS; Suseelan, C and Kathirvel, M (1989) Crustacean resources of the Lakshadweep islands Marine living resources of the union territory of Lakshadweep: An indicative survey with suggestions for development Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI 43 72-76 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/8213/1/Bulletin_No_43.pdf

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