The eastern Pacific species of the genus Calcinus Dana, 1851, with description of a new species from Clipperton Island (Decapoda, Anomura, Diogenidae)

Joseph POUPIN & Jean-Marie BOUCHARD

en Zoosystema 28 (2) - Pages 465-486

Published on 30 June 2006

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

The eastern Pacific hermit crab species of the genus Calcinus Dana, 1851 are reviewed. Calcinus mclaughlinae n. sp. is described from Clipperton Island, and is considered a sibling species of C. californiensis Bouvier, 1898, known from the Gulf of California and the mainland coast of Mexico. Two other species, C. explorator Boone, 1930, mostly insular in distribution, and C. obscurus Stimpson, 1859, distributed from El Salvador to Peru, are also considered sibling. These four species are similar but can be clearly separated by coloration, and to some extent armature of the ocular acicles. They are morphologically close to the western Atlantic congener Calcinus tibicen (Herbst, 1791). The taxonomic status of Calcinus chilensis (H. Milne Edwards, 1836), reported from Chile, and questionably Peru, is considered uncertain.


Crustacea, Decapoda, Anomura, Diogenidae, Calcinus, eastern Pacific, Clipperton, zoogeography, sibling species, new species.

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