Lissocarcinus laevis   Miers,  1886 (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

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Carapace distinctly broader than long, convex, perfectly smooth. Front a little prominent beyond the well pronounced supra-orbital angle, divided into two broad lobes. Its breadth is barely a third the greatest breadth of the carapace. Antero-lateral borders curved, cut into 5 blunt lobes, of which the first and last are the smallest. Orbits large, their major diameter nearly half the width of the inter-orbital space, their upper border entire, though traces of the two sutures may be visible. Chelipeds rather longer than the carapace; a small lobule at the far end of the anterior border of the arm, inner angle of wrist stoutly spiniform, hand smooth except for a tiny tubercle in front of the apex of the wrist joint. First 3 pairs of legs slender; merus of last pair less than twice as long as broad, its posterior border ending in an almost dentiform carina. 6th abdominal tergum of male broader than long, broadest in the middle, its sides therefore curved.

This crabs are closely associated symbiotically with various species of Sea cucumbers and Sea anemones.

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Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• West Coast, Malabar (Lat: 10) (Long: 72.65) INDIA
• West Coast INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Alcock, A (1968) Materials for a carcinological fauna of India the Brachyura Oxyrhyncha The Baptist Mission Press 1 1-456 Available at - Pune University, Pune
  • Kensley, B (1981) On the Zoogeography of Southern Afrian Decapod Crustacea, with a distributional checklist of the species Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C. 338 23377 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • Jeyabaskaran, R; Wafar, S and Wafar, M (2002) CD on Brachyuran Crabs of West Coast, India Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Florida Museum of Natural History Available at -
  • 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
  • Roy, MKD and Nandi NC (2007) Brachyuran diversity in coastal ecosystems of Tamil Nadu Journal of Environment and Sociobiology Social Environmental and Biological Association, Kolkata, India 4(2) 169-192 Available at - NIO,Goa

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