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First record of Calcinus tubularis on the southern coast of Portugal (Crustacea: Decapoda: Anomura: Diogenidae)

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 April 2011

Frederico Oliveira*
Affiliation:
Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR), Universidade do Algarve-FCT Campus de Gambelas, P-8005-139 Faro, Portugal
Pedro Monteiro
Affiliation:
Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR), Universidade do Algarve-FCT Campus de Gambelas, P-8005-139 Faro, Portugal
Carlos Afonso
Affiliation:
Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR), Universidade do Algarve-FCT Campus de Gambelas, P-8005-139 Faro, Portugal
Pedro Veiga
Affiliation:
Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR), Universidade do Algarve-FCT Campus de Gambelas, P-8005-139 Faro, Portugal
Luis Bentes
Affiliation:
Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR), Universidade do Algarve-FCT Campus de Gambelas, P-8005-139 Faro, Portugal
Ricardo Calado
Affiliation:
Centro de Estudos do Ambiente e do Mar (CESAM)/Departamento de Biologia da Universidade de Aveiro, Campus Universitário de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Jorge M.S. Gonçalves
Affiliation:
Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR), Universidade do Algarve-FCT Campus de Gambelas, P-8005-139 Faro, Portugal
*
Correspondence should be addressed to: F. Oliveira, Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR), Universidade do Algarve-FCT Campus de Gambelas, P-8005-139 Faro, Portugal email: fredoliveira@ualg.pt
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Abstract

Twenty-five specimens of the hermit crab Calcinus tubularis were observed during SCUBA dives for fauna and flora assessment in the shallow rocky reefs of the southern coast of Portugal between 2003 and 2008. Of the specimens observed, only one specimen used a tube gallery, while the others occupied unidentified gastropod shells with strong bio-cover. Calcinus tubularis is here recorded from the mainland Portuguese coast for the first time. This is the first record of the species in European coastal waters outside the Mediterranean Sea (excluding the Atlantic Islands) and extends the known geographical distribution of the species further north in the north-eastern Atlantic.

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Copyright © Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 2011

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