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Redescription of Macrophthalmus boteltobagoe and M. holthuisi with notes on their ecology (Brachyura: Ocypodidae)
Kosuge, T.; Davie, P.J.F. (2001). Redescription of Macrophthalmus boteltobagoe and M. holthuisi with notes on their ecology (Brachyura: Ocypodidae). J. Crust. Biol. 21(2): 545-555
In: Journal of Crustacean Biology. Crustacean Society: Washington. ISSN 0278-0372, more
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  • Kosuge, T.
  • Davie, P.J.F.

Abstract
    Macrophthalmus boteltobagoe (Sakai, 1939) is shown to be specifically distinct from M. holthuisi Serène, 1973. The two species differ in many morphological characters and, as well, are shown to prefer different habitats-M. boteltobagoe lives in holes in limestone and scrapes algae for food, whereas M. holthuisi lives on soft mud around mangroves and is a sediment feeder. These different feeding strategies are reflected in the structure and setation of the claws, and in the conformation of the gastric mills.

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