First Records of Two Pilumnid Crabs: Pilumnopeus convexus Maccagno 1936 and Eurycarcinus orientalis Edwards 1867 (Crustacea, Decapoda, Pilumnidae) from Khor Al-Zubair Canal, South of Iraq
Khaled Kh. Al-Khafaji
Khary D. Saoud
Tariq H.Y. Al-Maliky
Department of Marine Biology, Marine Science Center, University of Basrah, Iraq
International Journal of Marine Science, 2017, Vol. 7, No. 36 doi: 10.5376/ijms.2017.07.0036
Received: 09 Aug., 2017 Accepted: 30 Aug., 2017 Published: 11 Sep., 2017
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Al-Khafaji Kh.Kh., Saoud K.D., and Al-Maliky T.H.Y., 2017, First records of two pilumnid crabs: Pilumnopeus convexus and Eurycarcinus orientalis (Crustacea, Decapoda, Pilumnidae) from Khor Al-Zubair canal, south of Iraq, International Journal of Marine Science, 7(36): 361-365 (doi: 10.5376/ijms.2017.07.0036)
Two species of pilumnid crabs: Pilumnopeus convexus (Maccagno, 1936) and Eurycarcinus orientalis (Edwards, 1867) were collected during 2016. The material was mostly hand-collected from the intertidal zone during lower tide of Khor Al-Zubair canal, Basrah, Iraq, far from the Arabian Gulf coasts. A note on the morphological features of these two species and a photograph is provided to confirm the identification of the two crabs. The present study reports the presence of the two species from Khor Al-Zubair canal, which lies outside the distribution range of these species.
First records; Khor Al-Zubair; Arabian Gulf; Pilumnidae
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