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Volume 43 - Number 3 - 2008
Artículo


First record of Nibilia antilocapra (Stimpson, 1871) (Crustacea: Decapoda: Epialtidae) for Venezuela

Iván Hernández-Ávila1, Carlos Lira1 y Juan Bolaños1

 

1Grupo de Investigación en Carcinología, Escuela de Ciencias Aplicadas del Mar, Universidad de Oriente, Boulevard El Paseo, Edificio IIC, Boca del Río 6304, Isla de Margarita, Estado Nueva Esparta, Venezuela

 

E-mail:  ivanhernavila@yahoo.com


Seven specimens of Nibilia antilocapra were collected in Margarita Island, Venezuela. This is the first record of N. antilocapra for Venezuela, and for the south Caribbean area. Nibilia antilocapra can be separated from other species of the family Epialtidae by the following features: wide postorbital tooth forming a cup, supraocular eave and postocular cup well separated, with a small tooth between them. Carapace pyriform, longer than wide, with several spines of different size on the surface. Chelipeds stouter than the walking leg, the formers diminish gradually in size. Four species of the subfamily Pisinae have been recorded for Venezuela marine waters

 

Key words: Brachyura, Majoidea, Caribbean

 

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1Laboratorio de Zooplancton, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología,Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. A. P. 70-305, 04510 México, D. F. México
 
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