MORPHOLOGICAL CHARACTERIZATION OF MUNIDA SPECIES (CRUSTACEA: ANOMURA: MUNIDIDAE) FROM THE ATLANTIC AND THE TROPICAL EASTERN PACIFIC OCEANS
The genus Munida is one of the most diverse within the superfamily Galatheoidea. This genus also represents one of the richest and most abundant decapod crustaceans from the continental shelves and upper slopes of the Caribbean and Pacific coasts of Colombia. A morphological study of species of this genus showed taxonomic difficulties mainly due to the lack of topological correspondence of some of the diagnostic characters, confusion in the nomenclature and poor or incomplete descriptions of some species. The majority of the species belonging to the genus Munida found in the tropical Atlantic and eastern Pacific oceans were analyzed. Based on the topological correspondence of several external morphological characters of the examined species, a standardization of the nomenclature of the diagnostic characters for species identification is proposed.
Munida; Munididae; Galatheidae; morphology; taxonomy
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