New Record of Two Xanthid Crabs (Crustacea: Decapoda: Xanthidae) from Korea

  • Lee, Sang-Kyu (East Sea Research Institute, Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology) ;
  • Rho, Hyun Soo (East Sea Research Institute, Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology) ;
  • Kim, Dongsung (East Sea Research Institute, Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology)
  • Received : 2014.08.19
  • Accepted : 2014.09.22
  • Published : 2014.10.31


Xanthid crabs, decapod crustacean, with the black coloured fingers, are easily found under rocks or stones in the intertidal or subtidal zones. Two xanthids, Etisus laevimanus Randall, 1840 and Paraxanthias elegans (Stimpson, 1858), were newly reported in Korean waters as part of continuous taxonomic studies on crabs. The genus Paraxanthias Odhner, 1925 was also reported for the first time in Korea. Of these, the examined specimen of P. elegans showed eight feathery hairs on the subdistal tip of the first gonopod, which differs from the description of Dai and Yang at 1991. Here, the descriptions and illustrations of these species are provided. Korean Xanthoidea currently consists of 30 species belonging to 25 genera.


Supported by : KIOST


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