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A new species of Munidopsis (Anomura, Galatheoidea, Munidopsidae) from the Gulf of California, western Mexico

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A new species of Munidopsis Whiteaves, 1784 is described from the SW Gulf of California, western Mexico. The new species differs from all other known species of Munidopsis of the East Pacific by the presence of numerous antero-posteriorly compressed processes on the carapace, many of which are truncate and with crenulated anterior margin, by its oval-shaped carapace, wider in its posterior half, and by the short, subrectangular, narrow rostrum with an upturned distal portion. It also differs from the East Pacific species and other species of Munidopsis by the densely pitted carapace and appendages.

Affiliations: 1: 1Laboratorio de Invertebrados Bentónicos, Unidad Académica Mazatlán, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, P.O. Box 811, Mazatlán, Sinaloa 82000, Mexico; 2: 2Departamento de Ecología, CUCBA-Universidad de Guadalajara, Carretera a Nogales km. 15.5, Las Agujas Nextipac, Zapopan, Jalisco, C.P. 45110, Mexico


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