Dorippe frascone   (Herbst,  1785) (Crab)
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Class: Malacostraca

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Carapace nodular and wrinkled; spine of inner canthus of orbit ponderous, curved and serrated along under surface; fourth pair of true legs less than half of second pair.
Body and appendages (except the hands and fingers, propodites and dactyli of the 1st and 2nd true legs) rather thickly covered with hair. The length of carapace greater than breadth. Surface of carapace wrinkled and uneven, with about a dozen nodules which are often granular; the regions well defined by grooves and puckers. The spine at the outer angle of the orbit is long and acute, and usually projects well beyond the level of the frontal teeth. The lateral margins of the carapace are denticulated up to a stoutish tooth near the middle of the branchial border. The chelipeds of the adult male are asymmetrical, the hand of one side being greatly swollen and broader than long. In both chelipeds the ischium, merus and carpus have the outer surface covered with spinules and acute granules. The second true leg is more than twice the length of the fourth, and nearly three times the length of the carapace.

Mostly seen beneath the dead shells.

Synonym (s)
Cancer frascone Herbst, 1785
Cancer nodulosus Olivier, 1791

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Benthic, Sandy, Muddy, Coastal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pudumadam INDIA
• Karnataka INDIA (Record: 2001-2007)
• East Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
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