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Munidopsis (Decapoda: Anomura: Galatheidae) from the Abyssal Depths of Taiwan, with Description of One New Species

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Abstract During deep-sea trawling in Taiwanese waters, four species of galatheids belonging to the genus Munidopsis were collected at two stations deeper than 3000 m. Three species represent new records from Taiwan: M. panamae Baba, 2005, M. profunda Baba, 2005, and M. teretis Baba, 2005, all recently described and known from very limited material. The other is a new species, Munidopsis tafrii, which resembles M. ceratophthalma Alcock, 1901, and M. orcina McArdle, 1901, but clearly differs in characters of the carapace. The specimens of M. profunda from 4430-4455 m are the deepest record for marine animals from Taiwanese waters.

Affiliations: 1: (MO) Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences, University of the Ryukyus, 1 Senbaru, Nishihara-cho, Okinawa 903-0213, Japan; (CWL and TYC) Institute of Marine Biology, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung 202, Taiwan, R.O.C. (corresponding author TYC:


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