Espeleonaushonia Juarrero & Martínez-Iglesias, 1997, Juarrero & Martinez-Iglesias, 1997

Dworschak, Peter C., Marin, Ivan & Anker, Arthur, 2006, A new species of Naushonia Kingsley, 1897 (Decapoda: Thalassinidea: Laomediidae) from Vietnam and the Philippines with notes on the genus Espeleonaushonia Juarrero & Martínez-Iglesias, 1997, Zootaxa 1372, pp. 1-16: 3

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Espeleonaushonia Juarrero & Martínez-Iglesias, 1997


Espeleonaushonia Juarrero & Martínez-Iglesias, 1997  

Diagnosis (amended after Juarrero et al. 1997): Eyes with more or less reduced corneal pigmentation. Third maxilliped with well developed exopod. First pereopods equal, robust, elongated, covered with small acute spines. Second pereopod small, not chelate, with brush of dense setae. Fifth pereopod with simple dactylus. Second to fifth abdominal pleura with serrated ventral margin. Uropodal endopods and exopods with complete suture.

Species included: Espeleonaushonia augudrea Juarrero & García   in Juarrero, García & Martínez-Iglesias, 1997 (type species); Espeleonaushonia manningi ( Alvarez, Villalobos & Iliffe, 2000)   n.comb.

Remarks: Espeleonaushonia   may be separated from Naushonia   by the serrated ventral margins of the second to fifth abdominal pleura, the spinous mesial and lateral margins of the P1 propodus, as well as the presence of a brush of dense setae on the P2 dactylus. This last character is not explicitly mentioned in the original description of E. manningi   , but seems to be present, as indicated by the drawings in Alvarez et al. (2000: figs 2a and 3g). Both E. augudrea   and E. manningi   were found in sea-side brackish caves, on silt-covered hard substrates, and so are ecologically different from Naushonia species   that typically live in burrows in marine soft sediments. Espeleonaushonia manningi   differs from E. augudrea   mainly by the pigmented corneas, smooth lateral margin of the P1 dactylus and the coxa of P5 not covered by the posterolateral portion of the carapace.