Additions to the marine decapod (Crustacea: Decapoda) fauna of South Africa

  • Jannes Landschoff Sea Change Project, Sea Change Trust
  • Charles L. Griffiths Department of Biological Sciences and Marine Research Institute, University of Cape Town
  • Lara J. Atkinson South African Environmental Observation Network, Egagasini Node
  • Kerry J. Sink South African National Biodiversity Institute, Kirstenbosch
  • Thomas P. Botha Department of Biological Sciences and Marine Research Institute and South African Environmental Observation Network, Egagasini Node
Keywords: fauna list, marine biodivesity, new records, photographic records, citizen science

Abstract

This report adds five previously unreported species to the decapod crustacean fauna of South Africa, as well as removing one species previously listed in error. It also documents locality (and/or reference specimen) data for 12 other species, most of which had been depicted in regional field guides, but without reporting when and where they had been collected. Almost all the species added were already known from adjacent African countries and their ranges are here extended into South Africa. Although some of these records are based on photographs, rather than collected specimens, it is argued that such records should be accepted as adequate evidence for inclusion of at least visually-distinctive crustacean species into the regional fauna.

Published
2022-08-23
Section
Articles

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eISSN: 2683-6416
print ISSN: 0856-860X