The resurrection of Charybdis (Gonioinfradens) giardi (Nobili, 1905), newly recorded from the SE Mediterranean Sea

Bella S. Galil, Jacob Douek, Roy Gevili, Menachem Goren, Yana Yudkovsky, Guy Paz, Baruch Rinekvich

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Abstract

A single adult specimen of Gonioinfradens giardi, a portunid crab known from the Red Sea, Gulf of Oman and Arabian Gulf, was recently collected off the southern Israeli coast, in the southeastern Mediterranean Sea. Morphological charac-ters, as well as molecular analyses based on the mitochondrial barcoding gene cytochrome oxidase sub unit I (COI), sup-port its distinction from the widely distributed G. paucidentata. Therefore, G. giardi is reinstated as a valid species, and withdrawn from its synonymy with G. paucidentata. Previous Mediterranean records of the latter species are misidentifi-cations and should be referred to G. giardi. The species is described, illustrated, and differentiated from its cogener.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)580-590
Number of pages11
JournalZootaxa
Volume4370
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Erythraean invasion
  • Non-indigenous species
  • Suez Canal
  • Taxonomic validation

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