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Anemone-Carrying Behaviour in a Deep-Water Homolid Crab (Brachyura, Podotremata)

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A new symbiotic association between a deep-water homolid crab, Hypsophrys inflata Guinot & Richer de Forges, 1981 (Brachyura, Podotremata, Homolidae) and a sea anemone of the genus Isanthus (Anthozoa, Actiniaria, Isanthidae) is described from French Polynesia. The crab carries the anemone on its modified last pairs of legs. It is suggested that this represents a mutualistic association.

Affiliations: 1: School of Biology, Department of Zoology, GR-54006 Thessaloniki (Macedonia), Greece; 2: Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Laboratoire de Biologie des Invertébrés Marins et Ma-lacologie, 55 rue Buffon, F-75005 Paris, France; 3: Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Laboratoire de Zoologie (Arthropodes), 61 rue Buffon, F-75005 Paris, France


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