Synalpheus shrimps (Crustacea: Decapoda: Alpheidae). I. The Gambarelloides group, with a description of a new species

Dardeau, Michael R. (1984) Synalpheus shrimps (Crustacea: Decapoda: Alpheidae). I. The Gambarelloides group, with a description of a new species. St. Petersburg, FL, Florida Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Marine Research, (Memoirs of the Hourglass Cruises,VII-II)

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Abstract

The genus Synalpheus Bate, 1888, is one of the most diverse and widely distributed genera of caridean shrimps in the world. Often known as snapping shrimps because of the popping sound made by the major first pereopod when the chela is closed rapidly, members of this genus are important components of coral reef and live bottom communities in all tropical and subtropical seas. The Gambarelloides group (a well-defined, homogeneous group within the genus but lacking formal subgeneric status) contains over half the described species of Synalpheus in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. Its many species are distinguished from each other by subtle, and often variable, characters. Accurate inventories of the Gulf fauna have been handicapped by difficulty in separating these shrimps at the specific level. Distributional data, diagnoses, and references to each of the 19 species of the group from the Western Atlantic Region are presented in this report. The 11 species known from the Gulf of Mexico are illustrated. Details of specific ecological associations, morphological variation, and life history strategies are also summarized. (Document has 125 pages.)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Synalpheus shrimps (Crustacea: Decapoda: Alpheidae). I. The Gambarelloides group, with a description of a new species
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Dardeau, Michael R.
Series Name: Memoirs of the Hourglass Cruises
Volume: VII
Number: II
Date: 1984
Publisher: Florida Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Marine Research
Place of Publication: St. Petersburg, FL
Institution: Florida Marine Research Institute
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gulf of Mexico; Florida; Crustacea:Decapoda; Gambarelloides
Subjects: Oceanography
Biology
Item ID: 747
Depositing User: Ms. Jan Boyett
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2008 22:39
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2010 15:52
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/747

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