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A New Starfish Host and an Extension of Range for the Commensal Crab, Minyocerus Angustus (Dana, 1852) (Crustacea: Porcellanidae)

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Minyocerus angustus, a porcellanid crab commensal on the sea star, Luidia clathrata (Say), is here reported occurring on a new host, the nine-armed sea star, Luidia senegalensis (Lamarck). Specimens of the crabs are compared with descriptions given in the literature. The color of the crab in life and observations of its habit are described. The known range for M. angustus is extended from Isla Cubagua, Venezuela, 1300 miles (ca. 2000 km) north and west to Trujillo Harbor, Honduras.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 1968-03-01

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