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First record of lithodid crabs from Antarctic waters off the Balleny Islands

Thatje, S. and Lorz, A.N. (2005) First record of lithodid crabs from Antarctic waters off the Balleny Islands Polar Biology, 28, (4), pp. 334-337. (doi:10.1007/s00300-004-0686-1).

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Four specimens of Neolithodes brodiei Dawson and Yaldwyn (1970) have been obtained for the first time from bottom trawls deployed in Antarctic waters off the Balleny Islands (about 67°S) in March 2004. The Lithodidae constitute the only anomuran crab family so far known to be able to thrive under high-Antarctic conditions, and lithodids in the Ross Sea have previously only been recorded off Scott Island. The new record of N. brodiei, commonly found in waters off New Zealand, clearly extends its geographic range into the Southern Ocean. The significance of this finding with respect to the biodiversity and distribution of the Lithodidae from the Southern Ocean is briefly discussed.

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Submitted date: November 2004
Published date: 2005


Local EPrints ID: 38980
ISSN: 0722-4060
PURE UUID: 1cdb4a25-7d55-4f07-9f03-9b29828b2a67

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Date deposited: 14 Jun 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:38

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Author: S. Thatje
Author: A.N. Lorz

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