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Pleurocolpus boileaui, genre nouveau et espèce nouvelle de Polynésie française (Crustacea Decapoda Brachyura Xanthidae)

Alain CROSNIER

fr Bulletin du Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, 4ème série – section A – Zoologie, Biologie et Écologie animales 17 (3-4) - Pages

Published on 17 November 1995

Pleurocolpus boileaui, new genus and species from French Polynesia (Crustacea Decapoda Brachyura Xanthidae)

Fishing with baited traps in French Polynesia at a depth of 190 m has resulted in the capture of one crab belonging to a new genus and a new species, Pleurocolpus boileaui, described here. The new genus is characterized by a very special arrangement of the chelipeds and the other pereiopods which together provide a deep hollow probably allowing a better circulation of water around the branchiae when the animal is at rest.
Keywords :
Crustacea, Decapoda, Brachyura, Xanthoidea, Xanthidae, deep water, trapping, Pacific Ocean, French Polynesia, new genus, new species