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Taxonomic account of genus Scylla (de Haan, 1833) from Gujarat State, India with two new records of species

Author(s): J. N. Trivedi | K. D. Vachhrajani

Journal: Arthropods
ISSN 2224-4255

Volume: 2;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 159;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Scylla | Gujarat | taxonomy | morphology | marine habitat

The present study describes the taxonomic account of genus Scylla from Gujarat state, India. Specimens of crab were collected from 11 different marine sites/ habitats along the coastal region of the state. Of the several specimens examined on site, 30 morphologically distinct samples were selected for the study, and total 47 different morphological characters were measured. Three different species of genus Scylla were identified viz. Scylla serrata, Scylla tranquebarica and Scylla Olivacea. We report Scylla tranquebarica and Scylla Olivacea for the first time from the state. In general, S. serrata is reported as a dominant species with wide spread distribution while rest of the species show patchy distribution.
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