A NEW SPECIES OF ALLODARDANUS (DECAPODA, DIOGENIDAE) FROM THE WESTERN ATLANTIC BY PATSY A. MCLAUGHLIN Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, Florida 33199, U.S.A. and ROBERT H. GORE Department of Malacology, Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103, U.S.A. The genus Allodardanus was described by Haig & Provenzano (1965) for one Pacific and one Atlantic species that were clearly distinct from hermit crabs of the Dardanus type. Allodardanus rugosus Haig & Provenzano, the Pacific species, was described from a single female specimen taken at Cocos Island off the coast of Costa Rica. A water color sketch of the animal drawn at the time of its cap- ture indicated that the basic color of the appendages and ocular peduncles was scarlet with patches of Brazil red. The Atlantic species, Allodardanus bredini Haig & Provenzano, described from a female and two male specimens collected from the West Indian island of Nevis, the Bahamas Islands and the Straits of . Florida, had previously been referred to as a large, very colorful and distinctive Dardanus (Provenzano, 1963). In 1974 a second, also vividly colored, Atlantic species was collected during a lockout dive off Great Stirrup Key, Bahamas Islands,
Crustaceana – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1985
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