Amon, Diva J, Ziegler, Amanda F, Drazen, Jeffrey C, Grischenko, Andrei V, Leitner, Astrid B, Lindsay, Dhugal J, Voight, Janet R, Wicksten, Mary K, Young, Craig M & Smith, Craig R, 2017, Megafauna of the UKSRL exploration contract area and eastern Clarion-Clipperton Zone in the Pacific Ocean: Annelida, Arthropoda, Bryozoa, Chordata, Ctenophora, Mollusca, Biodiversity Data Journal 5, pp. 14598-14598: 14598

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cf. Munidopsis morphospecies 


Type status: Other material. Occurrence: recordedBy: Jeffrey Drazen, Astrid Leitner; individualCount: 1; lifeStage: Adult; behavior: On seafloor; occurrenceStatus: present; preparations: Imaged only; associatedReferences: Leitner A, Neuheimer A, Donlon E, Smith CR, Drazen JC. Environmental and bathymetric influences on abyssal bait-attending communities of the Clarion Clipperton Zone. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers. 2017. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2017.04.017; Taxon: taxonConceptID: cf. Munidopsis morphospecies; scientificName: Munidopsis sp.; kingdom: Animalia; phylum: Arthropoda; class: Malacostraca; order: Decapoda; family: Munidopsidae; genus: Munidopsis; taxonRank: genus; scientificNameAuthorship: Whiteaves, 1874; Location: waterBody: Pacific Ocean; stateProvince: Clarion-Clipperton Zone; locality: UK Seabed Resources Ltd exploration contract area (UK-1) ; verbatimLocality: UK-1 Stratum B; maximumDepthInMeters: 3605; locationRemarks: RV Thompson Cruise TN319; decimalLatitude: 12.4353; decimalLongitude: -116.5533; geodeticDatum: WGS84; coordinateUncertaintyInMeters: 50; Identification: identifiedBy: Mary Wicksten, Jeffrey Drazen, Astrid Leitner, Diva J. Amon, Amanda Ziegler; dateIdentified: 2015; identificationRemarks: Identified only from imagery; identificationQualifier: cf.; Event: samplingProtocol: Baited Camera; eventDate: 2015-03-09; eventTime: 19:15; habitat: Abyssal polymetallic-nodule field; fieldNumber: CA09; Record Level: language: en; institutionCode: UHM; datasetName: ABYSSLINE; basisOfRecord: HumanObservationGoogleMaps 


Pale color, no pigment in eyes, short but strong pincers, three pair of walking legs (pereopods) on each side (not four, as would be seen in a true crab, Brachyura  ). Mouthparts do not cover oral field (as they usually do in true crabs). To identify the species, one would need a dorsal view.

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