Matuta planipes

General description: 

Dactylus of fifth pereiopod paddle shaped. Frontal margin cut into six lobes. Distant between the external angles of the eye orbits is not much less than the width of the carapace. Basal antennal segment broad with two fused spines. In adults the antennal flagellum is excluded from the orbit of the eye. Anterolateral margin of carapace with five teeth, the fourth the fourth tooth is the smallest. Carpus of cheliped with four spines.

This species is characterised by its smooth green carapace, which often has two large black spots. Like other swimming crabs, they are predators, feeding on fish and other animals.


Phylum Arthropoda

Subphylum Crustacea

Class Malacostraca

Order Decapoda

Infraorder Brachyura

Family Matutidae

Matuta planipes (Fabricius, 1798)


Red Sea, east coast of Africa, Madagascar Mauritius, Arabian Gulf, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Andaman Is., Nicobar Is., Burma (Mergui Archipelago), Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, China (Hong Kong) Japan and Australia. Records from outside this region may require verification.


Rocky coast, lower shore to 30m.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith