Australian Museum Journal A new genus and two new species of unusual dromiid crabs (Brachyura: Dromiidae) from northern Australia

Shortform:
McLay, 2001, Rec. Aust. Mus. 53(1): 1–8
Author(s):
McLay, C. L.
Year published:
2001
Title:
A new genus and two new species of unusual dromiid crabs (Brachyura: Dromiidae) from northern Australia
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
53
Issue:
1
Start page:
1
End page:
8
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.53.2001.1319
Language:
English
Date published:
09 May 2001
Cover date:
09 May 2001
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
CRUSTACEA: BRACHYURA
Digitized:
09 May 2001
Available online:
09 May 2001
Reference number:
1319
EndNote package:
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Title page:
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Complete work:
Complete work (244kb PDF)

Abstract

A new genus, Desmodromia n.gen., and two new species of dromiid crabs are described from northern Australia. In Desmodromia the rostrum is tridentate, the anterolateral teeth are well developed, the last two pairs of legs have no opposing propodal spines, and the dactyli on these limbs are rotated. The new genus is similar to Epipedodromia Andre, 1932 and Homalodromia Miers, 1884, but may differ from them in using bivalve shells for camouflage instead of sponges. Desmodromia shares some pereopod characters with the shell-carrying genus Hypoconcha Guerin-Meneville, 1854, but these characters probably evolved independently.