Lauridromia intermedia (Laurie, 1906)

Common Names


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Material examined

Material examined.— Longdong, Taipei County, 31 May 1999: 1 male (cw 52.6 mm, cl 47.9 mm) (NTOU). Hepingdao fishing port, Keelung City, no date: 2 females (cw 49.8 mm, cl 47.7 mm; cw 50.3 mm, cl 42.3 mm) (NTOU). Jhongyun fishing port, Kaohsiung County, 25 Mar 1998: 1 female (cw 36.0 mm, cl 35.7 mm) (NMNS).

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Diagnostic Description

Diagnosis.— Carapace about as wide as long, subcircular; rostrum tridentate, but median tooth small, ventrally deflexed, not visible dorsally; anterolateral margin with first three acute, equally spaced, last tooth directed anterolaterally. Pereopods 2 and 3 dactyli with 5–8 minute spines on flexor margins. Pereopod 4 dactylus with unarmed extensor margin, flexor margin opposed by 1 distal propodal spine; propodus with 2 or 3 spines on extensor margin. Pereopod 5 dactylus with 1 spine on extensor margin, flexor margin opposed by 2 distal propodal spines; propodus with 3 smaller spines on extensor margin.

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Size.— Males to cw 60.7 mm (McLay, 1993); females to cw 50.3 mm.

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Colouration.— Orange-yellowish brown. Carapace with circular, dark-red patch on gastric region. Tips of cheliped fingers pink.

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Remarks.Lauridromia intermedia is known to carry a sponge cap on the carapace as camouflage (McLay, 1993).

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Ecology and Distribution


Habitat.— Sublittoral; 7–150 m, but usually less than 40 m (Davie, 2002).

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Distribution.— Western Indian Ocean to Australia, New Caledonia, Philippines, Japan and Taiwan.

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  • Dromia intermedia Laurie, 1906: 351 [type locality: Galle, Sri Lanka].— Lin, 1949: 12.— Huang, 1994: 576. (synonym)
  • Lauridromia intermedia.— Ng, Chan & Wang, 2000: 162, fig. 2d.— Ng,Wang, Ho & Shih, 2001: 6 (synonym)


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