New record of deep-water porter crab from Andaman Sea

Homolochunia valdiviae

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Malacostraca Latreille, 1802

Order: Decapoda Latreille, 1802

Family: Homolidae De Haan, 1839 [in De Haan, 1833-1850]

Homolochunia valdiviae Doflein, 1904

Collection: Andaman Sea, 13.27°N, 93.26°E, 635 m, 26.11.2017 (FORVSS 367 leg II, St. 08). High Speed Demersal Trawl (Crustacean Version).

Voucher No.: CMLRE IO/SS/BRC/00080 and IO/SS/BRC/00081

Description: Carapace longitudinally rectangular, pseudorostral spines long, multifid, with accessory spinules inserted at different planes; male cheliped propodus swollen; pereiopod 5 merus exceeding carapace length, not reaching distal end of pseudorostral spines, carpus short, thick, chela comprising 2 long subequal fingers, separated by wide hiatus.

Biological association: None.

Remarks: First distributional record from the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone.

Distribution: Indian Ocean: East coast of Africa, Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles, Indonesia. Depth range: 395–1000 m.

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Identified by: Vinay P. Padate

Publication: Padate V.P., Amritha K.M., Sherine Sonia Cubelio, Saravanane N., Sudhakar M., Ng P.K.L. (2020) Deep-water brachyura from the surveys of the FORV Sagar Sampada off the Andaman and Nicobar archipelagos, India. Regional Studies in Marine Science, 35: 101-117. DOI: 10.1016/j.rsma.2020.101117

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