New Report on Two Species of Hippolytid Shrimps (Crustacea: Decapoda: Caridea) Collected at Sea Cucumber Farm, East Sea, Korea

  • Lee, Chu (East Sea Fisheries Research Institute, National Fisheries Research & Development Institute) ;
  • Nam, Myung-Mo (East Sea Fisheries Research Institute, National Fisheries Research & Development Institute) ;
  • Ko, Hyun Sook (Department of Biological Sciences, Silla University) ;
  • Lee, Kyu Hyun (Tidal Flat Research Institute, National Fisheries Research & Development Institute)
  • Received : 2013.12.17
  • Accepted : 2014.02.06
  • Published : 2014.04.30


Two species of hippolytid shrimps, Eualus kuratai Miyake and Hayashi, 1967 and Heptacarpus igarashii Hayashi and Chiba, 1989, were collected at a sea cucumber farm from the East Sea. These species are described and illustrated for the first time in Korea. Eualus kuratai is closely related to E. middendorffi; however, it lacks a dorsomedian spine on the fourth and fifth abdominal somites. Heptacarpus igarashii can be easily distinguished from other Korean Heptacarpus species due to its short rostrum that lacks ventral teeth on margin. This report extends the previously known ranges from Japan and Korea. In Korea, both genera, Eualus and Heptacarpus, have seven species according to the present report, respectively; moreover, hippolytid shrimps now consist of 31 species of nine genera.


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