Uroptychodes mortenseni (Van Dam, 1939), Van Dam, 1939

Mccallum, Anna W. & Poore, Gary C. B., 2013, Chirostylidae of Australia’s western continental margin (Crustacea: Decapoda: Anomura), with the description of five new species, Zootaxa 3664 (2), pp. 149-175: 154

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Uroptychodes mortenseni (Van Dam, 1939)


Uroptychodes mortenseni (Van Dam, 1939)  

Uroptychus mortenseni Van Dam, 1939: 398   , figs 3, 3a. Uroptychodes mortenseni   .—Baba, 2004: 109, fig. 7.

Material examined. Male (cl 10.3 mm), Western Australia, off Dampier (19 ° 47.36 'S, 115 ° 28.33 'E – 19 ° 47.26 'S, 115 ° 29.01 'E), 90–108 m, 10 Jun 2007 (stn SS05/ 2007 029), CSIRO acquisition number 0 30, NMV J 57264.

Distribution. Kei Islands, Manado Bight, South China Sea, off Zamboanga, and north- west Australia. 90– 366 m.

Remarks. This is the first record of the species in Australia. The specimen agrees well with Baba’s (2004) redescription. It is characterised by the lack of spines on the carapace and rostrum, and dense pilosity on the entire body and appendages. Baba (2004) describes the colour pattern as four longitudinal stripes on the carapace continuing onto abdomen, median two much broader. In our preserved specimen two longitudinal stripes along the carapace are just evident.