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Free Content Shallow-Water Crabs (Decapoda, Brachyura) Collected in the Southern Caribbean Near Cartagena, Colombia

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During a 1-year period (1976–77) a total of 96 brachyuran crab species were collected from Bahía de Cartagena and adjacent areas, on the north coast of Colombia, 54 of which are reported for the first time from the Caribbean coast of Colombia. The first known males of the oxystomatous crab Randallia curacaoensis Rathbun, 1922 are discussed and illustrated. Significant range extensions are reported for: Hepatus gronovii Holthuis, 1959, Epialtus kingsleyi Rathbun, 1923, Libinia ferreirae Brito Capello, 1871 (a Brazilian species), and Pilumnus lacteus Stimpson, 1871; four species were known to occur as far south as the Virgin Islands or Barbados and therefore had not been reported for any section of the South American mainland; these are: Microphrys interruptus Rathbun, 1920, Pelia mutica (Gibbes, 1850), Etisus maculatus (Stimpson, 1860), and Micropanope barbadensis (Rathbun, 1921). The zoogeography of the species is discussed.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1981

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