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New Species of the Genus Typhlatya (Decapoda: Atyidae) from Anchialine Caves in Mexico, the Bahamas, and Honduras

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Abstract Three new species of the genus Typhlatya from anchialine caves in Mexico (T. dzilamensis), the Bahamas (T. kakuki), and Honduras (T. utilaensis) are described. Typhlatya dzilamensis is the fourth species to be described from the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, and is morphologically similar to T. mitchelli. Typhlatya kakuki is the first species of the genus to be described from the Bahamas archipelago. Its morphology departs from the patterns showed by the Cuban species, which are the closest geographically. Typhlatya utilaensis is the first species described from Central America, and is found in Utila, one of the Honduras Bay Islands. Morphologically, T. utilaensis is related to T. monae from Mona Island, Puerto Rico, and Barbuda. A revised diagnosis of the genus and a key for the 17 known species are provided.

Affiliations: 1: a (FA, JLV) Colección Nacional de Crustáceos, Instituto de Biología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Apartado Postal 70-153, México 04510 D.F., México (FA, correspondence: ; 2: b (TMI) Department of Marine Biology, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Galveston, Texas 77553-1675, U.S.A


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