Macrophthalmus verreauxi   H. Milne Edwards  1848 (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

Eye-stalks extremely long and projecting far beyond the external orbital angle. Cornea normal and without palp at the distal end. Carapace smooth, approximately 1.6 times as broad as long.

Carapace finely granular on the branchial regions, its length about two-thirds its greatest breadth, its sides slightly convergent posteriorly and cut anteriorly into 3 teeth, the first of which is the antero-lateral angle. Front only very moderately deflexed, very obscurely bilobed. The external maxillipeds, when the flagella are folded, completely occlude the buccal cavern. The suture between the merus and ischium is oblique. The legs are darkly variegated or incompletely banded, and are unarmed except for a subterminal spine on the anterior border of the meropodites of the first 3 pairs. The chelipeds in the young male are not as long as, though more massive than the 2nd and 3rd pair of legs.

Synonym (s)
Macrophthalmus verreauxi H. Milne Edwards 1848

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Muddy


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 12.5) (Long: 92.75) INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Red Sea

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
  • Vannini, M and Valmori, P (1981) Researches on the coast of Somalia. The shore and the dune of Sar Uanle. 31. Ocypodidae and Gecarcinidae (Decapoda Brachyura) Monitore Zoologico Italiano Supplemento 14 (14) 199-226 Available at - Zoological Records
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Jeyabaskaran, R; Wafar, S and Wafar, M (2002) CD on Brachyuran Crabs of West Coast, India Available at -

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