Charybdis (Goniohellenus) hoplites   (Wood-Mason,  1877) (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

Size: Length of carapace 27 mm; breadth of carapace 55 mm

Color: Dirty white

In this species the antennal flagellum is completely excluded from the orbital hiatus, and the posterior border of the carapace forms an angular junction with the postero-lateral borders. The posterior border of the arm of the chelipeds ends in a spine. The last tooth of the antero-lateral borders is a long, Neptunus-like spine at least twice as long as those in front of it.
The posterior border of the propodite of the last pair of legs is finely serrated. The sixth male abdominal segment is truncate-triangular, having almost no curve to the sides.

Synonym (s)
Charybdis (Goniohellenus) hoplites Alcock, 1899
Charybdis hoplites Rathbun, 1911
Archias sexdentatus Paul'son, 1875
Goniosoma hoplites Wood-Mason, 1877

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• East Coast, Coromandel (Lat: 14) (Long: 80.17) INDIA
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh INDIA (Depth: 45.72 m mts)
• East Coast, Coromandel INDIA
• Indus Delta PAKISTAN
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Maharashtra, Konkan Coast (Lat: 18.08) (Long: 73.42) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Kerala, Kollam, Neendakara INDIA (Record: 05/2005-04/2006)
• Kerala, Ernakulam, Murambam INDIA (Record: 05/2005-04/2006)
• Kerala, Kannur, Azhikkal INDIA (Record: 05/2005-04/2006)
• Kerala, Kozhikode, Puthiyappa (Lat: 11.5) (Long: 76) INDIA (Record: 05/2005-04/2006)
• Kerala, Malappurram, Ponnani INDIA (Record: 05/2005-04/2006)

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
  • Chhapgar, BF (1957) Marine crabs of Bombay state Contribution No. 1 of the Taraporevala Marine Biological Station Marine Biological Station, Department of fisheries, Bombay 89 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • 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
  • Kumar, AB; Kumar, MS; Raffi, SM and Khan, SA (2007) Diversity of brachyuran crabs associated with trawl by-catch in Kerala coast, India Indian Journal of Fisheries Indian Journal of Fisheries For the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Kochi, India 54(3) 283-290 Available at -

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