A new species of hermit crab, Stratiotes mclaughlinae n. sp., is described from the Pacific coast of Mexico, and represents the first record of this genus from this region. The only discrepancy with Stratiotes diagnosis consists in the absence in S. mclaughlinae n. sp. of pleopods on female first somite. The new species also differs from all previously described species of Stratiotes by a combination of one or several characters related to the size and shape of the ocular peduncle and ocular acicle, the antennal acicle, the armature of the antennal peduncle, the chelipeds, the telson and the male first pleopod.
Crustacea, Decapoda, Anomura, Paguroidea, Diogenidae, Stratiotes mclaughlinae n. sp., hermit crab, tropical eastern Pacific, new species.