Zoological Studies

Vol. 58, 2019

(update: 2019.10.31; 11.27)

Description of the First Zoea of the Cavernicolous Crab Karstama boholano (Ng, 2002) (Crustacea: Decapoda: Sesarmidae) from Taiwan, with Notes on Ecology

Jheng-Jhang Li1,2, Yi-Jia Shih3,4, Ping-Ho Ho4, and Guo-Chen Jiang5,6,*


1Department of Marine Biotechnology and Resources, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan. E-mail: epigrapsus@gmail.com
2East Peak Ecological Consultants, Inc., Linyuan, Kaohsiung 83249, Taiwan
3Fisheries College, Jimei University, Xiamen 361010, China. E-mail: eja0313@gmail.com
4Department of Environment Biology and Fishery Science, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung 20224, Taiwan. E-mail: peacecrab@gmail.com
5National Museum of Marine Science and Technology, Keelung 20248, Taiwan. *Correspondence: E-mail: gcjiang@mail.nmmst.gov.tw
6Marine Biology and Conservation Research Center, National Academy of Marine Research, Kaohsiung 80661, Taiwan

Received 21 February 2019 / Accepted 23 October 2019
Communicated by Benny K.K. Chan

This study presents a rare sesarmid cavernicolous crab, Karstama boholano (Ng, 2002), from Taiwan. This genus and species are both new to Taiwan. We describe the diagnostic characteristics of the Taiwanese specimen and provide illustrations of the adult and first zoea, as well as photographs of an adult in its natural habitat. The identity was confirmed by the COI gene sequence and morphological data. In addition, the zoeal morphology and breeding ecology of the genus Karstama Davie and Ng, 2007 are reported for the first time.

Key words: Cavernicolous Crab, Morphology, Taxonomy, Karstama, Zoea.

Citation: Li JJ, Yi-Jia Shih YJ, Ho PH, Guo-Chen Jiang GC. 2019. Description of the first zoea of the cavernicolous crab Karstama boholano (Ng, 2002) (Crustacea: Decapoda: Sesarmidae) from Taiwan, with notes on ecology. Zool Stud 58:36. doi:10.6620/ZS.2019.58-36.