Periclimenes franklini new species a new deep sea shrimp from the coral sea crustacea decapoda palaemonidae

Bruce, A.J.

Beagle 7(1): 55-64


ISSN/ISBN: 0811-3653
Accession: 007641144

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A new species of pontoniine shrimp, Periclimenes franklini, from 300 m in the Coral Sea, is described and illustrated. The new species occupies an isolated systematic position in the genus Periclimenes as the carapace lacks an antennal spine, and is closely related only to P. gorgonicola Bruce, from which it differs in the presence of large articulated postrostral spines. Both species suggest that the genus Mesopontonia Bruce, is more closely related to the genus Periclimenes, rather than other genera that lack an exopod in the third maxilliped. Periclimenes franklini is probably also a gorgonian associate.