Australian Museum Journal A revision of the genus 0valipes Rathbun, 1898 (Crustacea, Decapoda, Portunidae)

Shortform:
Stephenson and Rees, 1968, Rec. Aust. Mus. 27(11): 213–261
Author(s):
Stephenson, W.; Rees, M.
Year published:
1968
Title:
A revision of the genus 0valipes Rathbun, 1898 (Crustacea, Decapoda, Portunidae)
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
27
Issue:
11
Start page:
213
End page:
261
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.27.1968.445
Language:
English
Plates:
plates 35–42
Date published:
01 July 1968
Cover date:
01 July 1968
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
CRUSTACEA: DECAPODA; TAXONOMY
Digitized:
09 December 2008
Available online:
03 March 2009
Reference number:
445
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (117kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (6717kb PDF)

Abstract

Recent workers have recognized five species in the genus Ovalipes: O. ocellatus (Herbst, 1799), O. punctatus (de Haan, 1833), O. guadulpens is (Saussure, 1858), O. iridescens (Miers, 1886), and O. molleri (Ward, I933). However, five species have been confused under the name of O. punctatus and these comprise: O. punctatus (de Haan, 1833), O. trimaculatus (de Haan, 1833), O. catharus (White, 1843), O. australiensis n.sp., and O. elongatus n.sp. A further new species, O. georgei, has appeared in recent collections from Western Australia, and it seems that there may be two forms of O. guadulpensis.

The new species are described and the remaining species redescribed. This has necessitated a redescription of the generic features and consideration of the possibility of either dividing the genus into several genera or erecting subgenera. Neither of these possibilities has been followed, but, instead, two groups have been designated (A and B), each with two subgroups. Thus the O. punctatus subgroup contains O. punctatus, O. trimaculatus, O. catharus, O. australiensis, and O. elongatus, and, with the O. georgei subgroup comprising only O. georgei, makes up Group A. The O. iridescens subgroup comprises O. iridescens and O. molleri, and with the O. ocellatus subgroup comprising O. ocellatus and O. guadulpensis makes up Group B.

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