Pilodius pugil   Dana,  1852 (Crab)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

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Carapace not hairy, the three anterolateral teeth, as also the external orbital one, very acuminate and curved forward. Chelipeds and legs also armed with strong spines.

Regions of carapace well defined by broad smooth deep-cut grooves 1L-4L conical shaped, 2 M entire dorsal surface shagreened, with few scattered setae. IP uniformly granulate; sinous transverse row of adjoining pearliform granules posteriorly on 2 P. Submedian frontal lobes trapezoid, crenulate, separated by distinct 'U' shaped groove, lateral lobes acuminate tubercles. Antero-lateral margin tridentate, three equally prominent, large hook-shaped teeth lacking ancillary spines or granules. Anterior margin of cheliped merus prominently spinose, large hook-shaped teeth lacking ancillary spines or granules. Anterior margin of cheliped merus prominently spinose. External surface of cheliped carpus and propodus studed with large, conic tubercles, smaller and obsolescent ventrally on propodus. Pereiopodes fringed with long setae, superior margin of carpus, propodus prominently spinose.

The confusion between Pilodius pugil and Pilodius spinipes was first noted by Nobili (1906, 1907). He stated that the description of Chlorodopsis spinipes given by Alcock (1898) was similar to the figure of Pilodius pugil by Dana (1855).

Synonym (s)
Pilodius pugil Dana, 1852
Pilumnus globosus Boone, 1934

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Red Sea
• Lakshadweep Islands (Lat: 11.68) (Long: 73.68) INDIA (Record: 01/1987-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep Islands (Lat: 8.28) (Long: 72.16) 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 - http://www.nio.org/Biology/brachyuran/index.html
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Roy, MKD and Nandi, NC (2005) Brachyuran diversity of coral reef ecosystems in India Proceedings of the National Seminar on Reef Ecosystem Remediation SDMRI Special Research Publication No.9 220-231 Available at - http://www.sdmri.org/reports/proceedings%202005%20-%20sdmri.pdf
  • 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 - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/8213/1/Bulletin_No_43.pdf

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