Additional records of the laomediid mud-shrimp genus Naushonia Kingsley, 1897 (Crustacea: Decapoda: Gebiidea), with a revised identification key

Tomoyuki Komai, Arthur Anker

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Six species of the peculiar mud-shrimp genus Naushonia Kingsley, 1897 (Laomediidae) from various localities in the world are treated in this study: N. carinata Dworschak, Marin & Anker, 2006 (newly recorded from Japan); N. japonica Komai, 2004 (second record since the original description); N. lactoalbida Berggren, 1992 (newly recorded from Papua New Guinea); N. portoricensis (Rathbun, 1901) (newly recorded from the French Antilles); N. serratipalma Komai & Anker, 2010 (newly recorded from Saudi Arabia); and N. draconis Anker, 2014 (newly recorded from Cuba). A detailed description and new illustrations are provided for N. portoricensis, a species for which a modern description was hitherto unavailable. Gill formula was re-examined in all six species. Colour photographs of living or fresh specimens are provided for most species. A revised key to all known species of Naushonia is presented, a eliminating misinterpretation of an important character in previous keys.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-360
Number of pages20
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Acknowledgements: We thank Naoki Shirakawa, Satoko Komai and Nanae Nakamura for collecting some of the specimens examined in this study, and Tohru Naruse (University of the Ryukyus) for his assistance in the field. Rafael Lemaitre (USNM) kindly examined specimens of Naushonia in the USNM collection at our request. Gustav Paulay (FLMNH) invited the second author to participate in Moorea and St. Martin expeditions and arranged specimen loans. Fieldwork in Moorea, based at the Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station of the University of Berkeley, was sponsored by the Biocode Moorea project through the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Fieldwork in St. Martin was sponsored by the Ministere de l'Ecologie, du Developpement Durable et de l'Energie / Direction Regionale de l'Environnement, de l'Amenagement et du Logement de Guadeloupe, co-organized by Jean-Philippe Marechal and Gustav Paulay, and carried out with help of the staff of Reserve Naturelle Nationale de Saint-Martin. The Saudi Arabian specimen was collected during a brief survey of Thuwal reefs and adjacent areas in 2013, organized by Michael L. Berumen (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, KAUST). The Madang specimen was collected during the "Our Planet Reviewed" Papua Niugini Expedition in November-December 2012, organized by the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle (MNHN), Pro Natura International, the Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD), and the University of Papua New Guinea (principal investigators: Philippe Bouchet, Sarah Samadi and Claude Payri). The Cuban material was collected by Caroline Pindar, Jane Normandale and Magnus Johnson (University of Hull, UK), assisted by Lazaro Garcia Lopez and Ivan Rodriguez Mauri. This study was partially supported by a 2013 grant from the Fujiwara Natural History Foundation to the first author. The second author thanks Marcos S. D. Tavares (MZUSP) for providing laboratory space and equipment, and to Coordenacao de Aperfeicoamento de Pessoal de Nivel Superior (CAPES) of the Ministry of Education of the Brazilian Federal Government for financial support in the form of a postdoctoral scholarship.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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