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Published: 2022-11-29

A new semiterrestrial crab from limestone hills in Vietnam (Crustacea: Brachyura: Potamidae: Tiwaripotamon)

Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore, 2 Conservatory Drive, Singapore 117377, Republic of Singapore.
National Key Laboratory, Institute of Tropical Biology, Vietnamese Academy of Sciences and Technology, 9/621 Hanoi Highway, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Crustacea Decapoda Potamidae semiterrestrial crab northern Vietnam


A new species of semiterrestrial crab of the potamid genus Tiwaripotamon Bott, 1970, is described from limestone hills in northern Vietnam. Tiwaripotamon bellum n. sp. is one of the largest known species in the genus, and its external morphology is most similar to T. vietnamicum (Đăng & Hồ, 2002), described from northern Vietnam. Tiwaripotamon bellum n. sp., however, can easily be separated by its much darker colour in life, possession of a distinct epibranchial tooth on the carapace, the proportionately shorter ambulatory meri, and the gently curved terminal segment of the male first gonopod, with a subtruncate tip and dorsal lobe on the proximal part of the structure.



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