A new species of squat lobster of the genus Munida (Galatheoidea, Munididae) from the Red Sea

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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).

A new species of squat lobster of the genus Munida (Galatheoidea, Munididae) from the Red Sea

in Crustaceana



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    Overview map of the Red Sea, showing the sampling site of Munida tuerkayi n. sp. in red (22°17.826′N 38°53.808′E, 320 m water depth).

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    Munida tuerkayi n. sp., holotype, male 7.3 mm (SMF), Red Sea. A, Carapace and abdomen, dorsal view; B, sternal plastron; C, cephalic region, showing antennular and antennal peduncles, ventral view; D, anterior part of carapace, showing ocular peduncle and orbit, right, dorsal; E, right pterygostomial flap, lateral view. Scale: A, E = 2.0 mm; B, C, D = 1.0 mm.

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    Munida tuerkayi n. sp., holotype, male, 7.3 mm (SMF), Red Sea. A, Right Mxp3, lateral view; B, right P1 merus and carpus, dorsal view; C, right P1 palm and fingers, dorsal view; D, right P2, lateral view; E, dactylus of right P2, lateral view; F, left P3, lateral view. Scale: A, E = 1.0 mm; B, C, D, F = 2 mm.

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    Munida tuerkayi sp. nov., colour in life.

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    ROV images of the sampling site (sta. KRSE2013-6-4-1/4d), in 320 m water depth. Images by courtesy of HCMR, Greece. A, Overview image of biotope with live colonies of Eguchipsammia fistula (Alcock, 1902) occurring patchily on, and partly buried in, soft sediment; B, detailed image with live E. fistula colonies; note the scoop (sampling tool), used by the manipulator arm of the ROV.


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