Two new species and new records of Microprosthema Stimpson, 1860 (Crustacea: Decapoda: Stenopodidea: Spongicolidae) from the Indo-West Pacific

Type
Article

Authors
Saito, Tomomi
Anker, Arthur

Date
2014

Acknowledgements
We are indebted to Mr. Ryo Minemizu (Ryo Minemizu Photo Office) for providing us with material of the Japanese new species, as well as underwater photographs and valuable field data. The first author wishes to express his gratitude to Tomoyuki Komai (CBM) and Junji Okuno (CMNH) for their continuous guidance and encouragement, as well as loan of comparative material. The second author thanks Julian Caley and Shawn Smith (Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville, Queensland, Australia), the organisers of CReefs Australia Expedition to Ningaloo Reef in 2010. The CReefs Australia Project is a field program of the Census of Marine Life and was sponsored by BHP Billiton in partnership with The Great Barrier Reef Foundation, the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), the Australian Biological Resources Study and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Viatcheslav Ivanenko (Moscow State University, Moscow, Russian Federation) helped collecting additional specimens of the Australian new species. Gustav Paulay (Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA) supported the second author's taxonomic studies on Decapoda and fieldwork in Australia, Madagascar and Saudi Arabia. Amanda Bemis (FLMNH) arranged loans of the Ningaloo specimens and transfer of some type material from FLMNH to WAM. The Nosy-Be material was collected as part of BIOTAS project in 2008, organised jointly by FLMNH (coordinator Gustav Paulay) and Universite de la Reunion, Saint-Denis, La Reunion, France (coordinator Henrich Bruggemann). The Moorea material was collected during the Biocode Moorea project in 2008-2010, based at the Richard B. Gump South Pacific research station of the University of California at Berkeley, and sponsored through the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Seabird McKeon, Jenna Moore, and Sarah McPherson helped collecting specimens, while the Gump station staff provided excellent organisation and assistance in the laboratory. Research permits were issued by the Delegation la Recherche of the Government of French Polynesia. The Saudi Arabian specimen of M. plumicorne was collected during a brief survey of Thuwal reefs in 2013, organised by Michael L. Berumen (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, KAUST) and with logistical support of the crew of the MY "Dream Master". The Guam specimens of M. plumicorne were collected by Peter K.L. Ng (ZRC). Our cordial thanks are also extended to Hironori Komatsu, Masatsune Takeda (NSMT), Yoshihisa Fujita (University Education Center, University of the Ryukyus and Marine Learning Center), Michitaka Shimomura (KMNH), Masayuki Osawa (Research Center for Coastal Lagoon Environments, Shimane University), Janice C. Walker (USNM), Rudolf Konig (ZMK), and Gavin Dally (NTM) for arranging loans of additional comparative material and/or technical advice. Heok-Hui Tan (ZRC) and Philippe Bacchet (Papeete, Tahiti) provided additional colour photographs. The manuscript was thoroughly reviewed by Joseph Goy (Harding University), who also generously shared some unpublished data, and Tomoyuki Komai (CBM).

Journal
ZOOTAXA

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