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Crustacea Decapoda: Deep-water hermit crabs (Parapaguridae) from French Polynesia with descriptions of four new species
Lemaitre, R. (1994). Crustacea Decapoda: Deep-water hermit crabs (Parapaguridae) from French Polynesia with descriptions of four new species, in: Crosnier, A. (Ed.) Résultats des Campagnes MUSORSTOM 12. Mémoires du Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle. Série A, Zoologie, 161: pp. 375-419
In: Crosnier, A. (Ed.) (1994). Résultats des Campagnes MUSORSTOM 12. Mémoires du Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle. Série A, Zoologie, 161. Editions du Muséum: Paris. ISBN 2-85653-212-8. 569 pp.
In: Mémoires du Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle. Série A, Zoologie. Editions du Muséum: Paris. ISSN 0078-9747
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Keywords
    Taxa > Species > New taxa > New species
    Parapaguridae Smith, 1882 [WoRMS]
    ISE, French Polynesia [Marine Regions]
    Marine

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  • Lemaitre, R.

Abstract
    Parapagurid hermit crabs are reported for the first time from French Polynesia, based on a collection obtained during a deep-water trapping survey by the French government's Service Mixte de Contrôle Biologique des Armées. The collection contains nine species of the genus Sympagurus Smith, 1883, four of which are new, and one of Strobopagurus Lemaitre, 1989. The material of the previously described species of Sympagurus found in French Polynesia is compared with types and supplemental specimens from other IndoPacific regions, and the species diagnosed in light of a recent re-evaluation of diagnostic characters in this genus. Based on examination of representative material of all Sympagurus species from the world oceans, three informal groups are proposed for the species. Group 1, including nine species, is defined by the presence of a slender, curved epistomial spine; Group 2, including ten species, is defined by the presence of a vestigial pleurobranch on each side of the last thoracic somite; and a heterogenous Group 3, for the remaining 14 species and three subspecies, all of which lack a curved epistomial spine and vestigial pleurobranch on the last thoracic somite. A list of all known species of Sympagurus is presented, along with their geographic and bathymétrie distributions.

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