Species of the Genus Munida Leach, 1820, (Crustaea: Decapoda: Galatheidae), Occurring off Thoothukudi Coast of Gulf of Mannar and in Adjacent Waters, India
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International Journal of Aquaculture, 2016, Vol. 6, No. 14 doi: 10.5376/ija.2016.06.0014
Received: 11 May, 2016 Accepted: 16 Aug., 2016 Published: 16 Aug., 2016
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Vaitheeswaran T., 2016, Species of the Genus Munida Leach, 1820, (Crustaea: Decapoda: Galatheidae), Occurring off Thoothukudi Coast of Gulf of Mannar and in Adjacent Waters, India, International Journal of Aquaculture, 6(14): 1-7 (doi: 10.5376/ija.2016.06.0014)
The squat lobster; Munida semoni Ortmann, 1894 was recorded for the first time from the Indian Ocean (Gulf of Mannar in adjacent waters) is described and illustrated, during March, 2015. One specimen of the said species was collected as an incidental catch in the deep sea trawl fisheries off Thoothukudi coast of Gulf of Mannar, between 08º 35' 22.5" N lat. 78º 27' 40.9" E long and 08º 31' 91.2" N lat. 78º 25' 32.7"E long at a depth of 305-310 m. The total number of squat lobsters from India now rose to 53. The present records show its extended distribution from Gulf of Mannar to Indonesia, New Caledonia and further to South West Pacific (Futuna Island).
Munida semoni; Munididae; Thoothukudi coast; Gulf of Mannar; Indian coast