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A new species of Pagurixus Melin, 1939 (Crustacea, Decapoda, Anomura, Paguridae) from the Ryukyu Islands, Japan

Tomoyuki KOMAI

en Zoosystema 28 (2) - Pages 507-516

Published on 30 June 2006

This article is a part of the thematic issue Papers in honour of Patsy A. McLaughlin

A new species of the hermit crab genus Pagurixus Melin, 1939, P. patiae n. sp., is described from intertidal reef flat of Iriomote Island, Yaeyama Islands of southern Ryukyu Islands, Japan. Morphological similarity suggests that the new species is allied to P. laevimanus (Ortmann, 1892) and P. anceps (Forest, 1954). However, the notably dissimilar fourth pereopods immediately distinguishes P. patiae n. sp. from P. laevimanus and P. anceps. Furthermore, characters of the cheliped, ambulatory legs and/or coloration in life also separate P. patiae n. sp. from the latter two species.

Keywords :

Crustacea, Decapoda, Anomura, Paguridae, Pagurixus, Iriomote Island, Ryukyu Islands, Japan, new species.

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