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A new distribution record of Albunea groeningi (Crustacea: Anomura: Decapoda: Albuneidae) from the Digha Coast, West Bengal, India

1Zoological Survey of India, Marine Aquarium and Regional Centre, Digha, West Bengal 721428, India.
Department of Biology, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549, U.S.A. Division of Invertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, 10024, U.S.A.
Department of Marine Science, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, 620024, Tamil Nadu, India
Research Department of Zoology, Kamaraj College, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Thoothukudi 628003, Tamil Nadu, India.
Zoological Survey of India, M-Block, New Alipore, Kolkata—700053, West Bengal, India
Crustacea Anomura Decapoda Albuneidae


Members of the genus Albunea Weber, 1795 (family Albuneidae) are commonly known as sand crabs. Albuneidae contains 59 species belonging to 13 genera (Boyko & McLaughlin 2010; WoRMS 2019), of which four genera and nine species are known only as fossils. Most species are relatively uncommon and adapted to living in sandy habitats (Boyko & Harvey 1999). Among the 24 species of Albunea, four are known only as fossils (WoRMS 2019). The diversity and distributions of most albuneids were reported by Boyko (2002, 2010).



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