First Record of Red Frog Crab Ranina ranina (Linnaeus, 1758) (Brachyura: Raninidae) from South West Coast of India

Abstract

Author(s): P.K. Raheem, B. Raju, P. Gop. Ambarish, M.K. Anil, P. Gomathi, S. Surya and K.N. Saleela

The present report is the first record of the Ranina ranina (Linnaeus, 1758) from vizhinjam, Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala located along the south-west coast of India. A specimen of Ranina ranina measuring 108 mm in carapace width were caught by a bottom set gill net operated along the Vizhinjam coastal waters in February 2018. Identification and description of the recorded crab, photographs and measurments of the single specimen. This is the first record of the Red frog crab Ranina ranina from the south west coast of India. Earlier it is reported from the South East coast, Gulf of Mannar, India.

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