Diversity and new records of intertidal hermit crabs of the genus Clibanarius (Crustacea: Decapoda: Diogenidae) from Gujarat coast off the northern Arabian Sea, with two new records for the mainland Indian coastline

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Pradip Kachhiya
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8284-7536
Jatin Raval
Paresh Poriya
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0782-9407
Rahul Kundu
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7744-7386

Abstract

The present study reports seven hermit crab species of the genus Clibanarius, viz., C. infraspinatus, C. longitarsus, C. rhabdodactylus, C. rutilus, C. signatus, C. virescens, and C. zebra, from the intertidal zone of Gujarat State on the west coast of India.  With the exception of C. zebra, the remaining six species are the first records from the west coast of India, and two species, C. rutilus and C. rhabdodactylus are new records from mainland India.  All the recorded species were found inhabiting rocky, sandy and muddy intertidal habitats.  We have appended the diagnostic descriptions and live coloration of all species based on the observations of our voucher specimens.  Comments are provided where they differ slightly from the published records of that species, enriching the available identification keys for the intertidal hermit crabs of the Indian Ocean.

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Kachhiya, P., Raval, J., Poriya, P. and Kundu, R. 2017. Diversity and new records of intertidal hermit crabs of the genus Clibanarius (Crustacea: Decapoda: Diogenidae) from Gujarat coast off the northern Arabian Sea, with two new records for the mainland Indian coastline. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 9, 6 (Jun. 2017), 10334–10339. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.2268.9.6.10334-10339.
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Pradip Kachhiya, Department of Biosciences Saurashtra University RAJKOT - 360 005 Gujarat State

Junior Research Fellow, UGC-CAS, Govt. Of India

Jatin Raval, Department of Biosciences Saurashtra University RAJKOT - 360 005 Gujarat State

Assistant Professor, Bhakta Kavi Narsinh Mehta University, Junagadh, Gujarat, India

Paresh Poriya, Department of Biosciences Saurashtra University RAJKOT - 360 005 Gujarat State

Teaching Assistant, Department of Marine Science, Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji Bhavnagar University, Bhavnagar-364002, Gujarat, India

Rahul Kundu, UGC-CAS Department of Biosciences Saurashtra University RAJKOT - 360 005 Gujarat State, INDIA

Professor, Zoology, UGC-CAS Department of Biosciences

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