Another new crustacean species discovered on the continental slope off Mauritania
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AuthorsRamos, A. (Ana)
The unexplored continental slope off Mauritania is becoming a source of species new to science. Zootaxa (a New Zealander journal) published in March a new paper on hermit crabs from deep Mauritanian waters. It is a comprehensive 40-page publication, with a large and painstaking iconography mainly performed using a stereomicroscope and image treatment techniques. The paper describes 13 species of hermit crabs belonging to families Diogenidae, Paguridae and Parapaguridae, including one species new to science. All specimens were collected at 83 of the 316 trawl stations conducted over the deep shelf and the continental slope off Mauritania during the four Maurit surveys, developed by the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) in the area between 2007 and 2010. Three specimens (one male and two females) of a new species, named Paguristes candelae, were collected at three different stations along the continental slope of Mauritania between 376 and 574-m depth (see map). Besides the ...
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