02 November 2010

Amazing Anomurans: Global checklists now in the Raffles Bulletin of Zoology

Check out the awesome Checklists of Anomuran Decapod Crustaceans of the World in the Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement 23! Plus marine lobsters of the world too!
What are anomurans?

Anomurans are NOT True Crabs, although the common name of many anomurans may have the word 'crab'. But Anomurans and True Crabs are grouped together in Order Decapoda as all of them have 10 limbs ('Deca' means ten and 'poda' means foot).

Among the best loved anomurans are hermit crabs!
The range of patterns and colours of these delightful animals is mind-boggling!
Annotated checklist of anomuran decapod crustaceans of the world (exclusive of the Kiwaoidea and families Chirostylidae and Galatheidae of the Galatheoidea) Part I – Lithodoidea, Lomisoidea and Paguroidea. Patsy A. McLaughlin, Tomoyuki Komai, Rafael Lemaitre and Dwi Listyo Rahayu: 5-107. [pdf, 4.67 MB]

Also anomurans are the fascinating porcellain crabs!
Annotated checklist of anomuran decapod crustaceans of the world (exclusive of the Kiwaoidea and families Chirostylidae and Galatheidae of the Galatheoidea) Part II – Porcellanidae. Masayuki Osawa and Patsy A. McLaughlin: 109-129. [pdf, 844 KB]

Then there are these strange freshwater anomurans that are only found in South America!
Annotated checklist of anomuran decapod crustaceans of the world (exclusive of the Kiwaoidea and families Chirostylidae and Galatheidae of the Galatheoidea) Part III – Aegloidea. Patsy A. McLaughlin, Rafael Lemaitre and Keith A. Crandall: 131-137. [pdf, 372 KB]

The intriguing mole crabs are also anomurans.
Annotated checklist of anomuran decapod crustaceans of the world (exclusive of the Kiwaoidea and families Chirostylidae and Galatheidae of the Galatheoidea) Part IV – Hippoidea. Christopher B. Boyko and Patsy A. McLaughlin: 139-151. [pdf, 295 KB]

While they are NOT anomurans, a checklist of marine lobsters is also included in this Supplement. And they are just as astonishingly beautiful!
Annotated checklist of the world’s marine lobsters (Crustacea: Decapoda: Astacidea, Glypheidea, Achelata, Polychelida). Tin-Yam Chan: 153-181. [pdf, 1.69 MB]

What are the checklists about?

From Annotated checklist of anomuran decapod crustaceans of the world (exclusive of the Kiwaoidea and families Chirostylidae and Galatheidae of the Galatheoidea) – Preamble and scope. Patsy A. McLaughlin, Christopher B. Boyko, Keith A. Crandall, Tomoyuki Komai, Rafael Lemaitre, Masayuki Osawa and Dwi Listyo Rahayu: 1-4. [pdf, 55.1 KB]

This series of annotated checklists are accompanied by brief reviews of the historical aspects of its classification, general external morphology, features of larval development and current phylogenetic status. The checklists include all currently recognized valid species, primary synonyms and homonyms, notes on matters of confusion and/or misunderstanding, and complete bibliographic references to all original descriptions. The lists are enhanced by a collection of photographs depicting the variety exhibited by members of these taxa.


Download these papers from the Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement 23!

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