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Type: Article
Published: 2013-12-13
Page range: 529–551
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Calappid and leucosiid crabs (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura) from Kerala, India, with the description of a new species of Mursia Desmarest, 1823, from the Arabian Sea and redescription of M. bicristimana Alcock & Anderson, 1894

Department of Aquatic Biology & Fisheries, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram 695 581, Kerala, India.
P.G & Research Department of Zoology, N.S.S. College Pandalam, Kerala, India
National Institute of Oceanography, Israel Oceanographic & Limnological Research, Haifa 31080, Israel.
Calappidae Leucosiidae Mursia bicristimana Mursia new species Indian Ocean Kerala India


Eleven species of calappid and leucosiid crabs were identified from by-catch landed by trawlers at four fishing ports in Kerala, India that were surveyed in 2007 and supplemented by material obtained in January 2013. Four species are reported for the first time from India, six are new records for Kerala. The status of Mursia bicristimana Alcock & Anderson, 1894, is clarified and the species redescribed. A new species of Mursia is described from the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea.