Ankerius aenigmaticus, a new genus and new species of aphanodactylid crab symbiotic with polychaetes from the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura: Aphanodactylidae)

Peter K.L. Ng, Dwi Listyo Rahayu, Hsi Te Shih

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Abstract

A new genus and new species of pinnotheroid crab of the family Aphanodactylidae, Ankerius aenigmaticus n. sp., is described from the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia. The genus is unusual among aphanodactylids in possessing more gaping third maxillipeds, strongly spiniform chelipeds and ambulatory legs, as well as a relatively longer ambulatory dactylus.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-278
Number of pages8
JournalZootaxa
Volume4179
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 31 2016
Externally publishedYes

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-06-08
Acknowledgements: The Saudi Arabian specimen was collected during a survey of the Thuwal reefs in 2013, organised by Michael L. Berumen (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, KAUST, Saudi Arabia). Thanks are due to Arthur Anker for collecting this important specimen and Gustav Paulay (UF) for agreeing to let us study it. Comments by Shane Ahyong (Australian Museum) greatly improved the manuscript. This study was partially supported by a grant from the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST 105-2621-B-005-002-MY3), Executive Yuan, Taiwan, to HTS.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.

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