Micippa philyra   (Herbst,  1803) (Crab)
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Class: Malacostraca

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Basal Segment of antenna granulated and dilated, broadened anteriorly as well as ventrally. Anterolateral border with four to six knobbed spinules.
Body and ambulatory legs closely covered by a woolly tomentum. Carapace with the regions well defined by smooth sulci, the surface closely and unevenly granular. The lateral margins are armed with knob-tipped spinules, of which there are sometimes as many as six, sometimes as few as two on either side. The rostrum consists of a broad lamina which in the female is quite vertically, but in males is not so much deflexed, its sides are gently sinuous, and it ends in four sharp-cut lobes. The eyes are completely retractile within the orbits. The basal antennal joint is short and is extremely broad anteriorly. The chelipeds in certain males, both adult and young are stouter than the carapace, are quite smooth, are rather slenderer than the other the other legs, are very variably granular. In all females they are a little shorter than the carapace, are quite smooth, are rather slenderer than the other legs, and have slender palms, and fingers that are closely apposable in the greater part of their extent. The ambulatory legs are moderately stout and are hairy. The 1st pair, which are longer than the chelipeds. The others decrease gradually in length.

Male dimorphism (variation in secondary sexual characters) observed in this species.

Synonym (s)
Micippa mascarenica Kossm, 1885
Micippa spatulifrons A.Milne Edwards, 1872
Micippa superciliosa Haswell, 1879
Cancer philyra Herbst, 1803
Micippa mascarenica nodulifera Baker, 1905
Micippa philyra var. mascarenica Kossmann, 1877
Paramicippa asperimanus Miers, 1884

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 12.5) (Long: 92.75) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy (Lat: 8.12) (Long: 73.3) INDIA
• Lakshadweep (Lat: 10.5) (Long: 73) INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Hare Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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