Polar Biology

, Volume 31, Issue 10, pp 1281–1285

First record of Munidopsis albatrossae (Crustacea: Decapoda: Galatheidae) from Antarctic waters

  • J. E. García Raso
  • J. E. García Muñoz
  • M. E. Manjón-Cabeza
Short Note


During the BENTART 2006 Expedition, a specimen of the galatheid Munidopsis albatrossae (Crustacea, Decapoda) was sampled in the Bellingshausen Sea, at 1920 m depth on soft bottoms. This specimen represents the first record of the family for Antarctic waters. This and other recent records have substantially increased the known species richness of decapod crustaceans in Antarctic waters, which are discussed to reflect an increase of scientific effort, anthropogenic introductions, and/or new colonizations possibly associated to changes in environmental conditions.


Antarctic Munidopsis Distribution New record 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. E. García Raso
    • 1
  • J. E. García Muñoz
    • 1
  • M. E. Manjón-Cabeza
    • 1
  1. 1.Dep. Biología Animal, Facultad de CienciasUniversidad de MálagaMálagaSpain

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