Uca tetragonon   (Herbst,  1790) (Crab)
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Class: Malacostraca

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A large sized, narrow fronted species; major claw whitish with a red-orange patch at the base of immobile finger (carapace width about 2.5 cm).

Burrowing to about 50 cm depth.

Synonym (s)
Cancer tetragonon Herbst, 1790
Gelasimus tetragonon var. spinicarpa Kossmann, 1877
Gelasimus variatus Hess, 1865
Uca affinis Guerin, 1829
Uca duperreyi Guerin, 1829

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Rocky, Sandy, Muddy, Coastal
Prey:  Detritus


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (2002) MangroveIndia Available at - http://www.mangroveindia.org
  • Roy, MKD and Das, AK (2000) Taxonomy, ecobiology and distribution pattern of the brachyuran crabs of mangrove ecosystem in the Andaman Islands Occasional paper no 185 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Calcutta 1-211 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • (1998) Mangrove invertebrates view Zoos' Print Journal Zoo Outreach Organisation, Coimbatore 14(2) 27-29 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Takeda, S; Poovachiranon, S and Murai, M (2004) Adaptations for feeding on rock surfaces and sandy sediment by the fiddler crabs (Brachyura: Ocypodidae) Uca tetragonon (Herbst, 1790) and Uca vocans (Linnaeus, 1758) Hydrobiologia 528 Available at - Zoological Records
  • Index to Organism Names (ION) Available at - http://www.organismnames.com/
  • Jaroensutas, M and Jaroensutasinee, K (2004) Morphology, density, and sex ratio of fiddler crabs from southern Thailand (Decapoda, Brachyura, Ocypodidae) Crustaceana (Leiden) 77(5) Available at - Zoological Records
  • Goshima, S; Koga, T and Murai, M (1996) Mate acceptance and guarding by male fiddler crabs Uca tetragonon (Herbst) Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 196 131-143 Available at - Zoological Records
  • Murai, M; Koga, T; Goshima, S and Poovachiranon, S (1995) Courtship and the evolution of underground mating in Uca tetragonon (Decapoda: Ocypodidae) Journal of Crustacean Biology 15(4) 655-658 Available at - Zoological Records
  • 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 - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel Available at - http://www.vub.ac.be/english/index.php
  • 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
  • Roy, MKD and Nandi NC (2007) Brachyuran diversity in coastal ecosystems of Tamil Nadu Journal of Environment and Sociobiology Social Environmental and Biological Association, Kolkata, India 4(2) 169-192 Available at - NIO,Goa

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