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Arcotheres borradailei (Nobili, 1906) and Pinnotheres ridgewayi Southwell, 1911: a reassessment of characters and generic assignment of species to Arcotheres Manning, 1993 (Decapoda, Brachyura, Pinnotheridae)

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The identity of the pea crab, Arcotheres borradailei (Nobili, 1906) is clarified. The holotype female is re-diagnosed, figured and its recent generic assignment to Arcotheres Manning, 1993, is discussed. A second poorly known species from India and Sri Lanka that resembles A. borradailei, Pinnotheres ridgewayi Southwell, 1911, is redescribed and assigned to Arcotheres. In addition, Pinnotheres sinensis atrinae Sakai, 1939, and Pinnotheres cyclinus Shen, 1932, from East Asia are re-examined and also referred to Arcotheres.

Affiliations: 1: 1Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore, 2 Conservatory Drive, Singapore 117377, Republic of Singapore ; 2: 2Department of Zoology, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, England ; 3: 3Crustacea Division, Zoological Survey of India, Fire Proof Spirit Building, 27 J. L. Nehru Road, Kolkata [Internationally known as: Calcutta] – 700016, West Bengal, India ; 4: 4Department of Aquatic Biology & Fisheries, University of Kerala, Kariavattom, Thiruvananthapuram – 695581, Kerala, India

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