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dc.contributor.authorHsi-Te Shihzh_TW
dc.contributor.authorJhih-Wei Hsuzh_TW
dc.contributor.authorKingsley J. H. Wongzh_TW
dc.contributor.authorNgan Kee Ngzh_TW
dc.description.abstractIntertidal mudflat crabs of the genus Metaplax H. Milne Edwards, 1852 (Crustacea: Brachyura: Varunidae) from China, Taiwan, and northern Vietnam are taxonomically revised by morphological and molecular evidence. These crabs show sexual dimorphism and morphological variation of a considerable range in the infraorbital ridge, one of the primary features previously used for species identification. In this study, four species were identified from the region: M. elegans De Man, 1888; M. longipes Stimpson, 1858; M. sheni Gordon, 1930; and M. tredecim Tweedie, 1950. Based on the results of the morphological examination, and as confirmed by molecular evidence from mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase subunit I (COI), taxonomic confusion surrounding M. longipes was resolved, and M. takahasii Sakai, 1939, is considered a junior synonym of M. longipes. The geographical distribution of Metaplax longipes extends along the shores of China, north to Jiangsu, whereas the Southeast Asian M. tredecim was newly recorded from northern Vietnam and Hong Kong.zh_TW
dc.subjectMetaplax eleganszh_TW
dc.subjectM. longipeszh_TW
dc.subjectM. shenizh_TW
dc.subjectM. takahasiizh_TW
dc.subjectM. tredecimzh_TW
dc.subjectmitochondrial cytochrome oxidase subunit Izh_TW
dc.titleReview of the mudflat varunid crab genus Metaplax (Crustacea, Brachyura, Varunidae) from East Asia and northern Vietnamzh_TW
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