An annotated checklist of marine brachyuran crabs of Gujarat waters, India

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Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji Bhavnagar University Bhavnagar


An annotated checklist of marine brachyuran crabs from Gujarat waters is prepared based on past and recent literature. In total, 152 species from 87 genera and 29 families of brachyuran crabs including four new records and two revisions are listed. Gulf of Kutch comprises higher species diversity in comparison to Saurashtra coastline and Gulf of Khambhat. Dorippe quadridens (Fabricius, 1793), Lyphira perplexa Galil, 2009, Lewindromia unidentata (Rüppell, 1830) were reported for the first time from Gujarat whereas Planes major (MacLeay, 1838) was from Gujarat and India. Matuta victor (Fabricius, 1781) and Portunus segnis (Forskål, 1775) formerly misidentified in Gujarat waters are revised. Taxonomic description, habitat and distribution status of these species are presented.


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