Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India

Volume 17 Issue 1

On a new record of a majid crab Doclea hybrida (Fabricius) from the Maharashtra waters and its life history

K. W. Sankolli and Shankuntala Shenoy

The crab genus Doclea has so far been represented by a single species, D. gracilipes Stimpson along the Maharashtra Coast and the present new record of another species D. hybrida (?), therefore adds to the list of Brachyuran crabs of Maharashtra. The taxonomic status of the species has been discussed in light of the evidence derived from the examination of abdominal appendages of the males of the allied species.

The life history of D. hyhrida (?), as reared in the laboratory, consists of two zoeal stages and a megalopa stage.

Date : 30-04-1975