New record of Munidopsis taiwanica (Decapoda, Anomura) from a mud volcano field in the Mariana Trench, with in-situ observations on habitat

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Squat lobsters are prevalent in chemosynthetic environments but have been insufficiently studied in mud volcano habitats. An abyssal species, Munidopsis taiwanica Osawa, Lin & Chan, 2008 was recently collected in a mud volcano field in the Mariana Trench at a depth greater than 5000 m, which represents a new distributional record. Its diagnostic characters are presented in this study. In-situ observation suggested that M. taiwanica was closely associated with this chemosynthetic environment and probably exhibited camouflage behaviour by attaching seafloor sediments onto its body. Munidopsis taiwanica is the first confirmed species of squat lobster found in the mud volcano environment, and currently represents the deepest record (5491 m) of squat lobsters in the world.

New record of Munidopsis taiwanica (Decapoda, Anomura) from a mud volcano field in the Mariana Trench, with in-situ observations on habitat

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    Munidopsis taiwanica Osawa, Lin & Chan, 2008, male, MBM189189, setae omitted (except B). A, carapace, dorsal view; B, short curved plumose setae, dorsal view; C, right pterygostomian, lateral view; D, sternal plastron, ventral view; E, telson, dorsal view; F, basal article of left antennular peduncle, ventral view; G, right antennal peduncle, dorsal view; H, right third maxilliped, ventral view; I, right crista dentata, ventral view. Scales equal 1.0 mm.

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    Munidopsis taiwanica Osawa, Lin & Chan, 2008, male, MBM189189, setae omitted. A, right P1, dorsal view; B, right P2, lateral view; C, right P2 propodus, dorsolateral view; D, right P2 dactylus, lateral view. Scales equal 1.0 mm.

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    Munidopsis taiwanica Osawa, Lin & Chan, 2008, male, MBM189189. A, specimen preserved in ethanol; B, in-situ photo of the specimen, depth 5491 m.

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    In-situ photo of Munidopsis taiwanica Osawa, Lin & Chan, 2008 and a penaeoid prawn, mud volcano field of Mariana Trench, depth 5491 m.

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