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First report of the swimming crab Ovalipes iridescens (Miers, 1886) (Brachyura, Portunidae) from Taiwan

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The portunid crab Ovalipes iridescens (Miers, 1886) is reported for the first time from the marine waters of Taiwan, and is just the second Ovalipes species known from this region. The only previously known Ovalipes species from Taiwan is a commercially-used species, Ovalipes punctatus (De Haan, 1833). The present study provides morphological and distributional data, and discusses the variability of the external morphology. The colour pattern of the body and the shape of the male gonopods of the newly recorded O. iridescens are illustrated.

Affiliations: 1: 1Department of Biology and Ecology, Faculty of Science, University of Ostrava, Chittussiho 10, 710 00 Ostrava, Czech Republic; 2: 2Department of Aquaculture, National Kaohsiung Marine University, Kaohsiung 811, Taiwan, R.O.C.; 3: 3Institute of Marine Biology and Center of Excellence for the Oceans, National Taiwan Ocean University, 2 Pei-Ning Road, Keelung 202, Taiwan, R.O.C.


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