Reappraisal of the Systematic Position of the Supposed Pinnotherid Crab Pseudopinnixa carinata (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura)

Tomoyuki Komai, Kooichi Konishi
2012 Species Diversity  
e systematic position of the monotypic eubrachyuran genus Pseudopinnixa Ortmann, 1894, which traditionally has been placed in the family Pinnotheridae, is reassessed on the basis of the adult morphology. e structure of the thoracic sternum, third maxilliped, and male abdomen strongly suggests a close relationship between Pseudopinnixa and members of the subfamily Gaeticinae in the family Varunidae. Consequently, the genus is transferred to this varunid subfamily. is assignment is also supported
more » ... by the rst zoeal morphology. e type species, P. carinata Ortmann, 1894, is redescribed and illustrated in detail.
doi:10.12782/sd.17.1.029 fatcat:tgnfga72drgfpo4xp6yhzpjzlu