- A limb bearing a chela. In crabs this limb is borne on the fourth thoracic segment (Fig. 1) [Warner, 1977].Any thoracopod bearing chelae [Moore and McCormick, 1969].One or more pairs of thoracic legs of decapod crustaceans that terminate in a chela, or claw. Often the entire cheliped is referred to as a claw [Bliss, 1982].Pair or pairs of thoracic legs behind maxillipeds; bearing chelae, or pincer-like claws, and often stouter, sometimes much stouter, than other legs [Williams, 1984].Pereiopod bearing a chela [Butler, T.H.].Second pair of thoracic appendages; chelate in form [Holdich and Jones, 1983].The first pair of pereiopods arising opposite the first (or fourth) sternite and bearing the chelae [Ingle, 1983].
Crustacea glossary. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. 2011.