Re-description and new records of a poorly known leucosiid crab, Merocryptus boletisculpta Zarenkov, 1994 (Crustacea, Decapoda, Brachyura)

  • Bella S. Galil Steinhardt Museum of Natural History Tel Aviv University
Keywords: Leucosiidae, Merocryptus, Walters Shoal, southwestern Indian Ocean, rare species, seamount

Abstract

Sixty-nine specimens of the rare leucosiid crab Merocryptus boletisculpta are reported from Walters Shoal, an isolated seamount in the southwestern Indian Ocean. The species has previously only been known from the type series collected during the R/V Vityaz 1988-1989 expedition. The species is re-described, illustrated, and colour photographs are provided.

Author Biography

Bella S. Galil, Steinhardt Museum of Natural History Tel Aviv University

Steinhardt Museum of Natural History
Tel Aviv University

Curator of Crustacea

Published
2019-10-29
Section
Articles

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