Nucia speciosa   Dana,  1852 (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

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Dorsal surface of carapace uneven, with symmetrically arranged tubercles. Margin of carapace set with twelve obtuse protuberances, of which the hepatic one on either side is most prominent and produced antero-laterally.

Carapace strongly convex, broad, transversely somewhat ovoidal in shape, its surface uneven and densely covered with vesiculous or pustulous granules and with the regions usually well demarcated. The front is narrow, broadly bidendate, and somewhat sunk behind the level of the front edge of the buccal cavern. There is a remarkably broad interval between the orbits and the edge of the buccal cavern. The eyes are large, and the orbits have the upper edge deeply emarginate so that the retracted eye is hardly at all concealed. The triangular merus of the endognath is not much shorter than the ischium measured along the inner edge. The chelipeds are very short and stout. The legs also are remarkably stout.

Synonym (s)
Ebalia pfefferi De Man, 1887

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal


• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Red Sea
• Lakshadweep Islands (Lat: 8.28) (Long: 72.16) INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep Islands (Lat: 11.68) (Long: 73.68) INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)

Literature Source(s)
  • (2002) Lakshadweep Islands biodiversity strategy and action plan (Version: 3)
  • 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 -
  • Stender, GK and Stender, YO Available at -
  • Rao, GS; Suseelan, C and Kathirvel, M (1989) Crustacean resources of the Lakshadweep islands Marine living resources of the union territory of Lakshadweep: An indicative survey with suggestions for development Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI 43 72-76 Available at -

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