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Russian Journal of Marine Biology, Vol. 28, No. 3, 2002, pp. 206–207.
Original Russian Text Copyright © 2002 by Biologiya Morya, Kepel’, Spiridonov, Tsareva.
The crabs of the genus
Bowdich, 1825 are
known as the dwellers of ocean driftwood; they are dis-
tributed in tropical and temperate waters of the Atlan-
tic, Indian, and Paciﬁc oceans. Among three species of
is somewhat distict in terms
of its morphological characteristics, and is sometimes
even referred to the genus
is described from the American
Paciﬁc coast and is also known from a few samples col-
lected in other oceans. In summer 1999, this species has
been encountered in Peter the Great Bay, Sea of Japan
(see ﬁgure). The material is deposited in the Zoological
Museum, Moscow State University (a male and a
ovigerous female, no. Ma 5365) and in the Reference
Collection of the Far-Eastern State Marine Reserve.
Rathbun, 1914: 120, pl. 3; Chace, 1966: 646; Dai &
Yang, 1991: 512–513, ﬁg. 263 (1), pl. 66 (1).
Chace, 1951: 61–79, 92,
ﬁgs. 1–7; Crosnier, 1965: 28–30, ﬁg. 28, 33–34.
A Finding of the Crab
(Decapoda: Grapsidae) in Peter the Great Bay, Sea of Japan
A. A. Kepel’
, V. A. Spiridonov
, and L. A. Tsareva
Institute of Marine Biology, Far East Division, Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladivostok, 690041 Russia
Zoological Museum, Moscow State University, Moscow, 103009 Russia
Received November 27, 2001
Rathbun, 1914 was found on a drifting buoy in Peter the Great Bay (Sea of
Japan). The crab probably arrived in the bay with subtropical waters penetrating into this area during the sum-
, fouling, Peter the Great Bay.
An external view of a male
Rathbun, 1914, found in July 1999 at Furugel’ma Island, Peter the Great Bay, Sea of