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First record of brachyuran crab Heteropanope glabra Stimpson, 1858 (Crustacea, Decapoda, Pilumnidae) from India

  • Jigneshkumar N. Trivedi (a1), Gunjan M. Soni (a1) and Kauresh D. Vachhrajani (a1)


Heteropanope glabra Stimpson, 1858 belonging to family Pilumnidae is reported for the first time from the mangrove mudflats of India. The identification of the species is difficult because the species shares similar morphological characters with other closely related species like Benthopanope indica (De Man, 1887). Studies in the past have reported the presence of H. glabra from coastal areas of Burma to Japan. The present study reports the presence of H. glabra on the western coast of India, which lies outside the old distribution range of the species.


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Correspondence should be addressed to: K.D. Vachhrajani, Marine Biodiversity and Ecology Lab, Department of ZoologyFaculty of Science, The M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara-390002, Gujarat, India email:


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First record of brachyuran crab Heteropanope glabra Stimpson, 1858 (Crustacea, Decapoda, Pilumnidae) from India

  • Jigneshkumar N. Trivedi (a1), Gunjan M. Soni (a1) and Kauresh D. Vachhrajani (a1)


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