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African Natural History

On-line version ISSN 2305-7963
Print version ISSN 1816-8396

Afr. nat. history (Online) vol.6  Cape Town Jan. 2010


A new species of the deep-sea shrimp genus Glyphocrangon A. Milne-Edwards (Crustacea: Decapoda: Caridea: Glyphocrangonidae) from the southeastern Atlantic off southern Africa



Tomoyuki Komai

Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba. 955-2 Aoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Chiba, 260-8682 Japan. E-mail:




A new species of the deep-water shrimp genus Glyphocrangon A. Milne-Edwards, G. africana, is described from the southeastern Atlantic off Cape Point, South Africa. It had been previously confused with G. sculpta (Smith), but the presence of a covering of short setae on the body, antennal scale, and the last three pairs of pereopods and the different shape of the dorsolateral carinae on the second and third abdominal somites easily distinguishes the new species from G. sculpta. From another close relative G. podager Bate, G africana is separated by the same set of the characters, as well as the sharp, spiniform intercarpal tubercles on the carapace.

Key words: Crustacea, Decapoda, Caridea, Glyphocrangonidae, Glyphocrangon, new species, southern Africa, southeastern Atlantic



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I thank Elizabeth Hoenson and Michelle van der Merwe (Iziko Museums of Cape Town), Paul F. Clark (The Natural History Museum, London) and the late Paulo Young (Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro) for loaning the material used in this study. Sincere thanks are also extended to Sammy De Grave (Oxford University Museum of Natural History), Charles H.J.M. Fransen (Nationaal Natuurhistorisch Museum, Leiden), and Joanne Taylor (Museum Victoria, Melbourne) for reviewing the manuscript and for offering suggestions for improvements.



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Received 18 February 2010
Accepted 1 April 2010

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