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New records of Porcellanidae (Decapoda, Anomura) from Taiwan

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Two porcellanid crabs, Petrolisthes decacanthus Ortmann, 1897 and Neopetrolisthes spinatus Osawa & Fujita, 2001, are recorded from Taiwan for the first time. P. decacanthus has a wide but scattered distribution in the Indo-West Pacific, mainly on oceanic islands. Morphological variations of this species are noted. Comparison of specimens of N. spinatus and N. alobatus (Laurie, 1926) has shown that these two species are morphologically close to each other, but distinguished by the armature of the supra-ocular margin. Deux crabes porcellanidés, Petrolisthes decacanthus Ortmann, 1897 et Neopetrolisthes spinatus Osawa & Fujita, 2001, ont été signalés à Taiwan pour la première fois. P. decacanthus présente une distribution large mais dispersée dans les océans Pacifique-ouest et Indien, essentiellement dans les îles océaniques. Des variations morphologiques de cette espèce sont notées. La comparaison avec des spécimens de N. spinatus and N. alobatus (Laurie, 1926) a montré que ces deux espèces sont morphologiquement proches mais différentiables par l'armature du bord supra-oculaire.


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Affiliations: 1: Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences, University of the Ryukyus, 1 Senbaru, Nishihara-cho, Okinawa 903-0213, Japan; Institute of Marine Biology, National Taiwan Ocean University, 2 Pei-Ning Road, Keelung 20224, Taiwan, R.O.C.; 2: Institute of Marine Biology, National Taiwan Ocean University, 2 Pei-Ning Road, Keelung 20224, Taiwan, R.O.C.


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