New species of deep-water squat lobster from Arabian Sea

Uroptychus sampadae

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Malacostraca Latreille, 1802

Order: Decapoda Latreille, 1802

Family: Chirostylidae Ortmann, 1892

Uroptychus sampadae Padate, Tiwari, Cubelio & Takeda, 2020

Collection: Eastern Arabian Sea, continental slope off Honnavar, Karnataka – 14.37°N, 73.03°E, 957 m, 09.04.2018 (FORVSS 374, St. 10), High Speed Demersal Trawl (Crustacean Version); 14.39°N, 73.03°E, 957 m, 28.02.2018 (FORVSS 372, St. 05), High Speed Demersal Trawl (Crustacean Version).

Voucher No.: CMLRE IO/SS/ANO/00002, IO/SS/ANO/00003, IO/SS/ANO/00043 and IO/SS/ANO/00046.

Description: Carapace length (cl) sub- equal to width, anterolateral spine overreaching lateral orbital spine; rostrum one-third cl; eyes elongate (length 1.76 times width), reaching three-fourths rostral length; antennal article 2 with distolateral spine, article 5 unarmed, antennal scale 4.5 times as long as wide, distinctly overreaching eye, slightly short of end of antennal article 5. Posterior plate of telson 2.62–2.66 times as long as posterior plate. Ultimate spines of P2–P4 dactylar flexor margins slightly larger than penultimate spines, very slightly larger than antepenultimate spine.

Biological association: None.

Remarks: None.

Distribution: Continental shelf off southwestern India (known only from type locality). Depth range: 1060–1351 m.

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Identified by: Vinay P. Padate

Publication: Padate V.P., Tiwari S., Sherine Sonia Cubelio, Takeda M. (2020) Deep-water Squat Lobsters (Crustacea: Decapoda: Anomura) from India Collected by the FORV Sagar Sampada. Bulletin of the National Museum of Nature and Science, Series A, Zoology, 46(4): 1–28.

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