Malacostraca | Decapoda
Ng, P.K.L. 1998. (Ref. 343)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 8.0 cm CW male/unsexed; (Ref. 343)
Reef-associated; depth range 0 - 6 m (Ref. 96667)
Climate / Range
Tropical; 36°N - 33°S, 29°E - 134°W
Indo-Pacific: north from Japan, China, Taiwan to southeast Asia, west to Australia, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands to India, Oman and east Africa.
Collected for food. Occasionally mildly poisonous in some parts of its range. Mildly poisonous (Ref. 79155). Inhabits rocky shore or reefs. Benthic. Subtropical and tropical climates (Ref. 343). Also occurs on algal mat (Ref. 106227). Found within crevices in rocks or coral reefs (Ref. 79155). Observed on mangrove trees (Ref. 74547). Has large master claws with molariform teeth used to crush shells of snails and hermit crabs (Ref. 107019). Observed to open large Turbo sp. shells in order to extract the terrestrial hermit crab Coenobita perlatus (Ref. 76500). Members of the order Decapoda are mostly gonochoric. Mating behavior: Precopulatory courtship ritual is common (through olfactory and tactile cues); usually indirect sperm transfer (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Poisonous to eat
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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)