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Macpherson E.; Jones W.; Segonzac M. (2005). A new squat lobster family of Galatheoidea (Crustacea, Decapoda, Anomura) from the hydrothermal vents of the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge. Zoosystema 27 (4) : 709-723.
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Macpherson, E.; Jones, W.; Segonzac, M.
2005
A new squat lobster family of Galatheoidea (Crustacea, Decapoda, Anomura) from the hydrothermal vents of the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge
Zoosystema
27(4): 709-723
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A new monotypic family, Kiwaidae n. fam., is proposed for Kiwa hirsuta n. gen., n. sp., new genus and new species collected in hydrothermal vents of the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge, south of Easter Island. The new family belongs to the superfamily Galatheoidea, having similarities with the family Chirostylidae, but with distinctive characters including carapace shape and ornamentation, insertion of fifth pereopod not visible and situated below sternal plastron, sternite between third maxillipeds large and strongly produced anteriorly; eyes strongly reduced, antennal scale absent and chelipeds and walking legs with dense mat of setae. Molecular data (18S rRNA) gene confirm the clear difference between anomuran families, placing the new taxa closer to the families Chirostylidae, Galatheidae and Porcellanidae than to Aeglidae.
Pacific Ocean
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Holotype MNHN Ga 5310, locality Easter Island, identified as Kiwa hirsuta Macpherson, Jones & Segonzac, 2005
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editor Etymology

From the Latin, hirsutus, hairy, in reference to the abundance of setae on pereopods. [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editor Etymology

The name refers to the goddess of the shellfish in the Polynesian mythology (Kiwa). The gender is femine. [details]