Malacostraca | Decapoda
Ng, P.K.L. 1998. (Ref. 343)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 15.0 cm CL male/unsexed; (Ref. 343); 12 cm CL (female); max. published weight: 900.00 g (Ref. 343); max. published weight: 900.00 g
Reef-associated; depth range 1 - 200 m (Ref. 343)
Climate / Range
Tropical; 35°N - 34°S, 29°E - 139°W
Indo-Pacific: From East Africa, Japan to Australia and Hawaii.
Carapace very elongate, much longer than broad; anterior part much broader than narrow, posterior waist-like. Abdomen clearly visible from dorsal view. Chelae greatly outsized in males; chelae and legs laterally flattened, spade-like. Color: orange to red overall.
Minimum depth from Ref. 114541. Occupies the sublittoral zone (Ref. 77016). Occurs at depths greater than 100 m in open sandy areas (Ref. 343) in which they bury (Ref. 106934). Feeds on a variety of worms and soft shelled mollusks (Ref. 343). 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
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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)