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Free Content To the Memory of Gilbert L. Voss: Portunus Vossi, a Rare New Species of Swimming Crab (Decapoda: Brachyura: Portunidae) from the West Coast of Florida

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A new species of swimming crab, Portunus vossi, is described from the west coat of Florida. The new species resembles Portunus ordwayi (Stimpson), but can be differentiated by the shape of the frontal teeth, the armature of the merus of the swimming leg, and the absence of iridescence on the chelae. The material of the new species was collected using a triangle dredge during environmental studies of the southwest Florida shelf ecosystem. The new species is apparently rare, or because of its possible burrowing behavior, has previously escaped more conventional sampling methods, such as otter trawls.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 1991

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