INTRODUCTION Species of the land crab genus Johngarthia Türkay, 1970 are the most striking, abundant and ecologically important arthropods on many eastern Pacific and Atlantic islands (Ortega-Rubio et al., 1997; Hartnoll et al., 2006; López-Victoria & Werding, 2008; Bouchard & Poupin, 2009). Johngarthia planata (Stimpson, 1860) (in some studies cited with incorrect gender as J. planatus ) is widespread occuring from the lower Baja California Peninsula, Tres Marias Islands and the Revillagigedo Archipelago, Mexico, and Clipperton Island, France (Rathbun, 1918; Türkay, 1970) to Gorgona Island, Colombia (Von Prahl, 1983). This last record extended the previously known distribution area of J. planata by more than 3200 km and Von Prahl (1983) proposed dispersal of the marine larvae of J. planata by the California Current and North Equatorial Counter Current between the Mexican islands over the Cocos and Malpelo islands to Gorgona Island. However, the record of J. planata from Cocos Island given by Vargas-Castillo & Wehrtmann (2008) was recently referred to a new species, J. cocoensis Perger, Vargas & Wall, 2011, and Malpelo Island is inhabited by the endemic J. malpilensis (Faxon, 1893). Despite possible dispersal by coastal currents (see Kessler, 2006), and dispersal ability and ecological flexibility suggested
Crustaceana – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2013
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