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(Herbst, 1796)

Horny endpiece of male first pleopod asymmetric, external corner dentiform, sperm channel lateral. Female genital duct with strongly protruding lateral border, median border much less marked; opercle highly elevated, dropping perpendicularly in direction to vulval slit. (These characters serve in distinguishing the species from its Atlantic and Eastern Pacific congeners to which it is otherwise very similar externally.) (Türkay 1995)

Type locality: Tranquebar, India.
Range: South Africa - Durban Bay (Stebbing, 1910); Mozambique; Zanzibar (Lenz, 1905); Somalia - Sar Uanle and Giumbo (Vannini & Valmori, 1981); Madagascar - (Alcock, 1900b), Nosy Bé (Lenz & Richters, 1881); Mauritius (Ortmann, 1894a, Michel, 1964); India - Coromandel coast (Alcock, 1900b), Tranquebar; Andaman Islands (Alcock, 1900b); Japan - Shimoda, Yoron-jima, and Iriomote-jima (Sakai, 1976a), Ishigaki-jima (Miyake, 1983), Okukubi River, Okinawa (Shokita et al., 1998); Taiwan - Kaohsiung (Sakai, 1939), Lan-Yü, Tungkang, Kaohsiung, and Hsiak'unhsen (Lin, 1949); China - Hainan Island (Dai & Yang, 1991); Palau (Takeda & Hayashi, 1973); Indonesia - Salayar Island and Roma Island, north-east of Timor (Tesch, 1918a); Admiralty Islands (Miers, 1886, Sendler, 1923); Fiji (Miers, 1886); Kiribati; Samoa (Ortmann, 1894a); Line Islands - Palmyra and Tabuaeran (Edmondson, 1923); Tahiti (Miers, 1886, Alcock, 1900b, Stimpson, 1907, Sendler, 1923); Tuamotu Archipelago - Ahé (Dana, 1852).

Cardisoma carnifex