Iranian subtidal leucosiid crabs (Crustacea: Deacapoda: Brachyura) of the Persian Gulf: Taxonomy and zoogeography

Document Type : Research articles


Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Tehran,Tehran, Iran


Total of 35 species of leucosiid crabs have been recorded by several authors and the current survey from the Persian Gulf. Here, zoogeography of these species and their zoogeographical affinities within Indo-West Pacific region are discussed. In addition, present taxonomic survey off the Iranian coasts of the Persian Gulf resulted in finding 14 leucosiid crabs, of which Arcania erinacea and Pariphiculus mariannae are new records for the area.