First Records of Two Species of Crabs (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura) Collected from Southern Korea

  • Lee, Seok Hyun (Department of Biological Sciences, Silla University) ;
  • Ko, Hyun Sook (Department of Biological Sciences, Silla University)
  • Received : 2012.10.01
  • Accepted : 2012.12.10
  • Published : 2013.04.30


Two species of crabs, Homola orientalis Henderson, 1888 and Pseudomicippe nipponica (Sakai, 1938), are described and illustrated for the first time in Korea. Homola orientalis was collected at 30 m depth by trap from Busan, and P. nipponica was collected on the intertidal region in Seongsanpo, Jejudo Island. Homola orientalis is the first species of its family in the region. The family Homoldae is characterized by a linea homolica on the carapace and they carry camouflage in the form of sponges or cnidarians with subchelate of the fourth ambulatory legs. The Korean brachyuran fauna now comprises 223 species including the new records from this study.


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