Sunday, August 13, 2017

[Crustacea • 2017] Ancylocheles peterngi • A New Species of the Genus Ancylocheles Haig, 1978 (Decapoda: Anomura: Porcellanidae) from Gujarat, northwestern India

Ancylocheles peterngi  Trivedi, Osawa and Vachhrajani, 2017


A new species of porcellanid crab, Ancylocheles peterngi n. sp., is described on the basis of material collected during crustacean faunal surveys along the coasts of the Gujarat State, northwestern India. The new species resembles the sole congeneric species, A. gravelei (Sankolli, 1963), but is distinguished by the morphology of the carapace, third thoracic sternite and antenna.

Keywords: Crustacea, Porcellanidae, Ancylocheles, new species, coral reef, Sauarshtra coast

Jigneshkumar N. Trivedi, Masayuki Osawa and Kauresh D. Vachhrajani. 2017. A New Species of the Genus Ancylocheles Haig, 1978 (Crustacea: Decapoda: Anomura: Porcellanidae) from Gujarat, northwestern India.  Zootaxa.  4299(3); 384–390. DOI:  10.11646/zootaxa.4299.3.4

I am feeling super excited to share the news that our lab in collaboration with Dr Masayuki Osawa of shimane university Japan has described a new species of porcelain crab from coastal areas of Gujarat state.
We have named the new species in honor of "Dr Peter K L Ng" of national university of Singapore for his great contributions in Crustacean taxonomy. Dr Ng has provided his immence support and guidance in various studies carried out in our lab about Crustacean fauna of Gujarat. I had a great opportunity to learn taxonomy from the legendary personality like him during Crustacean Congress held at Frankfurt Germany.
Here comes the new species of porcelain crab "Ancylocheles peterngi" Trivedi, Osawa and Vachhrajani, 2017. The paper is published today in Zootaxa, leading journal of animal taxonomy.