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First record of Munidopsis acutispina Benedict, 1902 (Decapoda, Anomura, Galatheidae) in the Mediterranean Sea

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The minute squat lobster Munidopsis acutispina Benedict, 1902 is recorded for the first time from bathyal grounds in the Mediterranean Sea. It can easily be distinguished from the two species of Munidopsis previously known from the Mediterranean, for the surface of the carapace covered with squamous spiniform tubercles. As the available illustrations of M. acutispina are somehow inadequate, the species is briefly redescribed and illustrated based on the new material and compared with its closest relatives, that are found in the western Atlantic and eastern Pacific Oceans.

L'espèce Munidopsis acutispina Benedict, 1902 est signalée pour la première fois de l'étage bathyal de la Méditerranée. Elle se distingue facilement des deux autres espèces de Munidopsis connues auparavant de Méditerranée par la surface de la carapace couverte de tubercules squameux spiniformes. Dans la mesure où les illustrations disponibles pour M. acutispina sont sommaires, l'espèce est brièvement redécrite et illustrée d'après le nouveau matériel et comparée avec les espèces les plus proches de l'Atlantique occidental et du Pacifique oriental.


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