Malacostraca | Decapoda
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Benthic; depth range 5 - 112 m (Ref. 3174). Tropical
Indo-Pacific: From the Red Sea and East Africa to Hawaii and French Polynesia.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 20.0 cm CW male/unsexed; (Ref. 3174); 17.2 cm CW (female)
Carapace rounded, as wide as or slightly wider than long; surfaces convex, with dense pubiscence; 5 anterolateral teeth, median ones largest. No spine present on outer margin of dactylus of last walking leg. Color: light brown overall with pink fingers.
Largest dromiid known (Refs. 343, 122680). Epizoic. Subtidal on hard bottom (Ref. 106854). Occurs at depths of 5 to 50 m. Prefers moderately shallow waters with rocky-muddy substrates, sometimes near reefs. Omnivorous, feeds on sea stars. Carries sponges and colonial tunicates on its back for camouflage (Ref. 343). Can occasionally be found sheltering under old bivalve shells (Ref. 125338).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Members of the order Decapoda are mostly gonochoric. Mating behavior: Precopulatory courtship ritual is common (through olfactory and tactile cues); usually indirect sperm transfer.
Ng, P.K.L. 1998. (Ref. 343)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models
): 22 - 29, mean 27.8 (based on 1662 cells).
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)