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metadata.dc.type: Artigo de Periódico
Title: The Association of Two Gall Crabs (Brachyura: Cryptochiridae) with the Reef-building Coral Siderastrea stellata Verrill, 1868
Other Titles: Hydrobiologia
Authors: Johnsson, R.
Neves, Edinaldo Luz das
Franco, G. M. O.
Silveira, F. L. da
metadata.dc.creator: Johnsson, R.
Neves, Edinaldo Luz das
Franco, G. M. O.
Silveira, F. L. da
Abstract: The family Cryptochiridae includes a small group of cryptic crabs that inhabit cavities in scleractinian corals. They are represented in Brazil by two species. Troglocarcinus corallicola, found from Maranhão to Bahia states and that occurs in many species of the coral families Mussidae, Faviidae, Caryophillidae and Siderastreidae. Opecarcinus hypostegus, reported from the state of Pernambuco, is mainly associated with Agaricia fragilis. The range of O. hypostegus is extended to Rio Grande do Norte and Alagoas states. Males are usually smaller than females, and couples may be eventually found sharing cavities. Ovigerous females and males of O. hypostegus are recorded for the first time inhabiting adjoining cavities on colonies of Siderastrea stellata, an endemic reef coral widespread along the Brazilian littoral.
metadata.dc.rights: Acesso Aberto
Issue Date: 2006
Appears in Collections:Artigo Publicado em Periódico (Biologia)

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