Dardanus megistos

Dardanus megistos

Languages: English

Overview

Description

"Two specimens from the Maldives, Hulule, Male Atoll. One of them is a giant, with a cephalothorax 70 mm. (2 4/5 inches) long, and is lodged in a large shell of Dolium with several small sea-anemones attached."

Alcock, 1905; pg. 831

Author(s): Sekerci, Kristin

Description

Morphology

"The left hand is short and large, with the outer surface regularly convex. The part of the hand preceding the fingers hardly longer than broad. In a specimen, the carapax of which is one and three-fourths inches [about 3-4 cm] long, this hand has for its breadth, thirteen lines; length, eighteen lines; length at middle to base of moveable finger, one inch [2.5 cm] or twelve lines. The carpus has three sharp and stout spines above; the arm several long and slender teeth on inferior margin. The eyes are stouter and proportionally shorter than in the spinimanus; they are enlarged and globular at the extremity."

Dana, 1852; pgs. 451-452

Author(s): Sekerci, Kristin

Ecology and Distribution

Distribution

"This common species ranges from the Red Sea and East coast of Africa eastwards as far as the Sandwich Is., and southwards as far as Australia; that is to say, from about 40° E. to about 150° W., and from about 28° N. to about 30° S."

Alcock, 1905; pg. 831

Author(s): Sekerci, Kristin

Taxonomy

  • Pagurus punctulatus (synonym)

References

Alcock, M. (1905).  Marine Crustaceans XIV: Paguridae With Plate LXVIII. (Gardiner S.J., Ed.).The Fauna and Geography of the Maldive and Laccadive Archipelagoes: Being the Account of the Work carried on and of the Collections made by an Expedition during the years 1899 and 1900 (Ed. by Gardiner). vol. 2, pt. 4, 827-835. Cambridge: University Press.