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Decapod Crustaceans

  • Rita Vargas
  • Ingo S. Wehrtmann
Part of the Monographiae Biologicae book series (MOBI, volume 86)

We report the presence of a total of 549 decapod species for Costa Rican marine and coastal waters, including eight species not mentioned previously for Costa Rica. Species number was substantially higher for the Pacific (438 spp.) compared to the Caribbean coast (119 spp). Brachyura (253 spp.), Anomura (116 spp.), and Caridea (114 spp.) comprised the highest number of species. Pacific Costa Rica supports 55% and 52% of Decapoda and Brachyura, respectively, known to occur in the Panamic Province. Species diversity in the Caribbean is more difficult to compare due to the lack of adequate and updated information.

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Pacific Coast Hermit Crab Decapod Crustacean Eastern Pacific Ocean Caribbean Coast 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rita Vargas
    • 1
  • Ingo S. Wehrtmann
    • 2
  1. 1.Museo de ZoologíaEscuela de Biología Universidad de Costa RicaSan JoséCosta Rica
  2. 2.Unidad Investigación Pesquera y Acuicultura (UNIP) of the Centro de Investigación en Ciencias del Mar y Limnología (CIMAR), and Museo de Zoología, Escuela de BiologiaUniversidad de Costa RicaSan JoséCosta Rica

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