During the cruise BENTHAUS (November 2002) to the Austral Archipelago (French Polynesia), numerous specimens of galatheids belonging to the genera Agononida Baba & de Saint Laurent, 1996, Munida Leach, 1820, Paramunida Baba, 1988 and Raymunida Macpherson & Machordom, 2000 were collected. The present collection comprises four Agononida species, 26 Munida, two Paramunida and one Raymunida. A new genus, Setanida, is described. The specimens from BENTHAUS cruise were caught in 68 stations between 50 and 1300 m. Additional material from French Polynesia has also been considered. The collection contains 17 new species: Agononida aequabilis, A. imitata, A. simillima, Munida antliae, M. apheles, M. arae, M. columbae, M. descensa, M. erugata, M. fasciata, M. fornacis, M. ignea, M. llenasi, M. oblonga, Paramunida spatula, Raymunida limbata and Setanida cristata.