Cymo melanodactylus   Dana,  1852 (Crab)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class: Malacostraca
Order:Decapoda
Family:Xanthidae

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Description
Antero-lateral borders divided into 3 lobules and edge of front somewhat regularly denticulated; fingers of chelipeds black except at tip.
Carapace is circular and more lumpy; the anterior half of the lateral borders shows more distinct indications of three lobules, some of which may even bear a spinelet. The fingers are black, except at tip. Chelipeds markedly unequal, covered with fur, but not so much as to entirely conceal their sculptures. The legs are covered with a thick shaggy coat of fur, which is specially long and adherent along the borders.

It is an obligate symbiont mostly seen in the live corals of Pocillopora, Acropora and Montipora species and very rarely in dead corals.


Synonym (s)
Cymo melanodactylus de Haan, 1833
Cymo melanodactylus saviiensis Ward, 1939
Cancer (Cymo) meladactylus De Haan, 1833
Cancer (Cymo) meladactylus Herklots, 1861

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated, Demersal, Coastal

Biogeography


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

Literature Source(s)
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  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at - http://tnenvis.nic.in
  • Dr. Ramesh, R; Dr. Nammalwar, P and Dr. Gowri, VS (2008) Database on coastal information of Tamil Nadu Report Submitted to Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre, Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Available at - http://tnenvis.nic.in/PDF/coastal%20data.pdf
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  • 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
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