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

Type Article
Date 2020-01
Language English
Author(s) Galil Bella S.1
Source Western Indian Ocean Journal of Marine Science (0856-860X) (African Journals Online (AJOL)), 2020-01 , Vol. 18 , N. 2 , P. 93-97
DOI 10.4314/wiojms.v18i2.11
Keyword(s) Leucosiidae, Merocryptus, Walters Shoal, southwestern Indian Ocean, rare species, seamoun

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.

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