Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol. 19 Issue 03, 2013; Page No.(725-730)

THE MUDCRABS (FAMILY: PORTUNIDAE) OF THE SOUTH KONKAN COAST OF MAHARASHTRA, INDIA

Anil B. Funde, Suresh D. Naik, Archana S. Pawar and Rahul K. Sadawarte

Abstract

Among the crustaceans, mudcrabs are considered as the important seafood item for aquaculture in Southeast Asian countries due to their esteemed delicacy, medicinal value and demand for local and export trades. Therefore extensive systematic analysis has been carried out on them based on their morphology, meristics, mandible structure, myotaxonomy studies etc. In all two species belonging to the genera, Scylla could be recognised along the south Konkan coast of Maharashtra. Two species of Scylla have been extensively described along with information on their synonyms, common English and local Marathi names and gear used, material examine, diagnosis, fresh colouration, remarks/ affinity etc.

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