During a deep-water expedition to the Red Sea in 2013, an unusual specimen of squat lobster belonging to the genus Munida was collected off Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, at a depth of 320 m. This specimen is unique in having the pterygostomial flap visible from the dorsal side, the feature linking it to two eastern Pacific species, M. bapensis Hendrickx, 2000 and M. macrobrachia Hendrickx, 2003. The new species (M. tuerkayi) is readily distinguished from the eastern Pacific species by having the gastric region with numerous instead of less numerous spines, by having sternite 7 with three distinct carinae on each side, and by having the antennular basal article with two distal spines subequal instead of different in size. Munida tuerkayi was found associated with live colonies of the scleractinian coral Eguchipsammia fistula (Alcock, 1902).
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|State||Published - Aug 30 2017|
Bibliographical noteKAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: We thank the late Michael Turkay for his friendship, support, fruitful discussions, and efforts in the improvement of the crustacean collections. We also express our sincere thanks to the captain, his crew, and the shipboard staff of KRSE 2013 Leg 6 on RV