Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory

<em>Macrophthalmus (Venitus) latreillei</em> [from A. Milne Edwards 1873: pl. 12 fig. 3]

Macrophthalmus (Venitus) latreillei [from A. Milne Edwards 1873: pl. 12 fig. 3]


Regional Maps


Compiler and date details

May 2012 - Peter Davie, Queensland Museum, Brisbane


A key to the genera of the family was given by Barnes (2010), and a revision of Australian Macrophthalmus and related genera was recently provided by Davie (2012).



Carapace usually markedly broader than long, quadrilateral, more or less flattened; dorsal surface with regions usually well defined; anterolateral margins either straight or slightly arched, usually armed with one to several teeth, but may be entire. Front variable but never very broad. Interantennular septum very narrow. Antennules folding transversely or slightly obliquely; flagellum well developed. Eye stalks usually elongate, often remarkably long. Third maxilliped typically more-or-less closing buccal cavern, but may be widely gaping (Lutogemma); exopod visible, moderately broad, flagellum well developed. Chelipeds subequal, chelae usually distinctly larger in males; dactylus of males often with subproximal tooth; chelae of females weaker, more slender. No brush of long setae edging pouch at base of pereiopods.Male thoracic sternum broad posteriorly.Male genital openings sternal. Free-living, intertidal to shallow subtidal, usually in estuaries or mangroves but may extend into sandier coastal waters; mostly inhabiting burrows.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
05-Jun-2012 05-Jun-2012 MOVED
03-Oct-2011 03-Oct-2011 MOVED
12-Feb-2010 (import)