217 NOTES AND NEWS BATELLA BIFURCATA MIYA & MIYAKE, 1968, A JUNIOR SYNONYM OF B. PARVIMANUS (BATE, 1888) (DECAPODA, ALPHEIDAE) BY YASUHIKO MIYA Faculty of Liberal Arts, Nagasaki University, Nagasaki 852, Japan I In an earlier paper (Miya & Miyake, 1968) a new alpheid, Batella bifurcata, was described from a single male specimen collected near Danjo-gunto Islands off the west coast of Kyushu, Japan. This second species of Batella Holthuis, 1955 ( = Cheirothrix Bate, 1888, nom. preocc.) seemed very near to the other species of the genus, Batella paraimanus (Bate, 1888), from Cape York, Queensland, Australia, but it was thought to be distinguished by having (1) a protuberance on the mesial gastric region, (2) the outer antennular flagellum bifurcate, with tufts of long hairs on the two-segmented stouter branch, and (3) the dactyli of the last three pereopods biunguiculate, with a tiny accompanying tooth at the midlength of the ventral margin (Miya & Miyake, 1968: 120). During a visit to the British Museum (Natural History) in 1978 I had a chance to examine the type specimen of Cheirothrix parvimanus Bate, 1888. This type material shows, however, that the characters supposed to be different from those of B.
Crustaceana – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1984
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