Vol. 55, 2016
Anomuran and Brachyuran Symbiotic Crabs in Coastal Areas between
the Southern Ryukyu arc and the Coral Triangle
Parinya Limviriyakul1,2, Li-Chun
Tseng1, Jiang-Shiou Hwang1,3, and
1Institute of Marine Biology,
College of Life Sciences, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung 20224,
Taiwan. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
2Department of Marine Science, Faculty of
Fisheries, Kasetsart University, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
3Department of Biomedical Science and
Environmental Biology, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung 80708,
4National Museum of Marine Science and
Technology, Keelung 20248, Taiwan
Parinya Limviriyakul, Li-Chun
Tseng, Jiang-Shiou Hwang, and
Tung-Wei Shih (2016) Symbiotic
anomuran and brachyuran crabs were identified after extensive surveys
of reef zones, especially from sponges, scleractinian corals, crinoids,
and sea urchins, in the coastal areas of the southern East China Sea.
Twenty-nine species belonging to 17 genera, 9 families, and 2
infraorders were identified (3 were identified to the generic level).
More crabs belonged to the infraorder Brachyura (82.8%) than to Anomura
(17.2%). Two species of Anomura (Lauriea simulata, Petrolisthes
virgatus) and 3 of Brachyura (Gonatonotus nasutus, Tetralia
aurantistellata and Tetralia nigrolineata) were
identified for the first time from waters adjacent to Taiwan. These
records represent the northernmost recorded of L. simulata
and T. aurantistellata. The occurrence of P.
is the second in the western Pacific Ocean. This study revealed the
geospatial distribution of symbiotic crabs, which connects the region
from the southern Ryukyu arc to the Coral Triangle, supporting
taxonomic account of symbiotic anomuran and brachyuran crabfauna
inhabiting the reef zone in northern Taiwan.
Key words: Symbiosis, Anomura, Branchyura,
Reef, Southern East China Sea.
Correspondence: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Citation: Limviriyakul P, Tseng LC, Hwang JS, Shih TW.
2016. Anomuran and brachyuran symbiotic crabs in coastal areas between
the southern Ryukyu arc and the Coral Triangle. Zool Stud 55:7.