Thursday, December 31, 2020

[Crustacea • 2020] New Records of Two Sponge-associated Species of Upogebia Leach, 1814 (Decapoda: Gebiidea: Upogebiidae) from southern India: U. hexaceras and U. nithyanandan resurrected from the synonymy of U. balmaorum

Upogebia nithyanandan (Sakai, Türkay & Al Aidaroos, 2015)

in Komai, Ravinesh, Riyas & Kumar, 2020.


Two species of the mud shrimp genus Upogebia Leach, 1814 (Gebiidea: Upogebiidae) are recorded from India for the first time based on material from Tamil Nadu: U. hexaceras (Ortmann, 1894) and U. nithyanandan (Sakai, Türkay & Al Aidaroos, 2015). Both were found in burrows in an unidentified sponge. Upogebia nithyanandan is resurrected as a valid species from the synonymy of U. balmaorum Ngoc-Ho, 1990, recently proposed by Dworschak & Poore (2018). The two species are fully described and illustrated on the basis of the newly collected specimens, and diagnostic characters for species recognition are discussed.

Keywords: Decapoda, Kuwaitupogebia, synonymy, Tamil Nadu

Upogebia nithyanandan (Sakai, Türkay & Al Aidaroos, 2015).
Living specimen (male cl 4.3 mm; DABFUK/ AR-AN 111) inhabiting burrow in an unidentified sponge.

Tomoyuki Komai, Raveendhiran Ravinesh, Abdul Riyas and Appukuttannair Biju Kumar. 2020. New Records of Two Sponge-associated Species of Upogebia Leach, 1814 from southern India (Decapoda: Gebiidea: Upogebiidae): U. hexaceras (Ortmann, 1894) and U. nithyanandan (Sakai, Türkay & Al Aidaroos, 2015) resurrected from the synonymy of U. balmaorum Ngoc-Ho, 1990. Zootaxa. 4747(3); 477–494. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4747.3.3