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Northern Range Extension of the Gladiatior Box Crab, Acanthocarpus alexandri Stimpson, 1871 (Decapoda: Brachyura: Calappidae) in the Northwest Atlantic

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Abstract A specimen of a gladiator box crab, Acanthocarpus alexandri Stimpson, 1871, was captured off the northeast coast of Newfoundland during June 2009. This is the first report of the species in Canadian Atlantic waters, and represents a major northern expansion in the distributional range by approximately 800-900 kilometres. The known distribution of this western Atlantic species now extends from Newfoundland to Brazil, encompassing tropical, temperate, and sub-arctic marine ecosystems.

Affiliations: 1: (DRJM, correspondence,; EGD; WAC) Science Branch, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Centre, P.O. Box 5667, 80 East White Hills Road, St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, A1C 5X1; 2: (HJS) 14 Solomons Drung, Portugal Cove – St. Philips, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, A1M 5X1 † deceased 14 September 2010


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