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(White, 1848)

Carapace wide, finely tomentose, flattish except for the front, and the antero- and postero-lateral borders; the surface bears some ridges, of which the lower one is prominent and comes from the fourth antero-lateral tooth. The front straight with four lobules. The supraorbital border raised in the inner two-thirds, bearing one indistinct notch near the external angle.
The antero-lateral border thin with five distinct teeth excluding the external orbital angle; the first tooth separated from the external orbital angle, and the second and third teeth as well as the first tooth subequal and more or less subtruncate. The fourth and fifth teeth sharp, but the fourth more prominent than the posterior.
Chelipeds very unequal; carpus finely tomentose with an obtuse tooth at the inner angle, palm finely granulated and also tomentose. Fingers of the smaller cheliped slender and as long as, or slightly longer than palm, and their tips sharply pointed and closed.
The first and second male pleopods closely related to those of the other members of Epixanthus. (Miyake & Takeda, 1967: 298)

Type locality: Philippines.
Range: Dar es Salaam; Madagascar - Majunga, Maromandia; Seychelles; Andaman Islands (Alcock, 1898); Nicobar Islands; Mergui Archipelago (Alcock, 1898); Japan - Ishigaki-jima (Sakai, 1976a, Miyake, 1983), Iriomote-jima (Miyake & Takeda, 1967), Okukubi River, Okinawa (Shokita et al., 1998), Ginowan, Okinawa (Shokita et al., 2000); Taiwan (Lin, 1949); Philippines; Indonesia - Java; Australia - Broome (Rathbun, 1924c), Port Darwin; Fiji.

Forceps crab (Epixanthus dentatus)