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A new species of squat lobster of the genus Munida (Galatheoidea, Munididae) from the Red Sea

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During a deep-water expedition to the Red Sea in 2013, an unusual specimen of squat lobster belonging to the genus Munida was collected off Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, at a depth of 320 m. This specimen is unique in having the pterygostomial flap visible from the dorsal side, the feature linking it to two eastern Pacific species, M. bapensis Hendrickx, 2000 and M. macrobrachia Hendrickx, 2003. The new species (M. tuerkayi) is readily distinguished from the eastern Pacific species by having the gastric region with numerous instead of less numerous spines, by having sternite 7 with three distinct carinae on each side, and by having the antennular basal article with two distal spines subequal instead of different in size. Munida tuerkayi was found associated with live colonies of the scleractinian coral Eguchipsammia fistula (Alcock, 1902).

Affiliations: 1: 1Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Blanes (CEAB-CSIC), C. acc. Cala San Fracesc 14, E-17300 Blanes, Girona, Spain ; 2: 2Senckenberg am Meer, Marine Research Department, Südstrand 40, D-26382 Wilhelmshaven, Germany ; 3: 3Alfred-Wegener Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung, am Binnenhafen 1117, D-27498 Helgoland, Germany ; 4: 4Red Sea Research Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

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