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Perisesarma tuerkayi, a new species of mangrove crab from Vietnam (Decapoda, Brachyura, Sesarmidae), with an assessment of its phylogenetic relationships

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A new species of Perisesarma, P. tuerkayi, is described from mangroves of Tan Thoi Island, southern Vietnam. Morphologically, the new species differs most significantly from congeners by the tuberculation pattern of the chelar dactylus, its unique G1 morphology, an unusually large maximum body size, and relatively short and broad ambulatory legs. Genetically, P. tuerkayi n. sp. is markedly divergent from other congeneric species, both in mitochondrial and nuclear DNA. It is the fifth species of Perisesarma reported from Vietnam.

Affiliations: 1: 1Zoologie & Evolutionsbiologie, Universität Regensburg, 93040 Regensburg, Germany ; 2: 2Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Hormozgan, Bandarabbas, Iran ; 3: 3Queensland Museum, P.O. Box 3300, South Brisbane, QLD 4101, Australia

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