MOLECULAR PHYLOGENETIC POSITION OF THE NEW ZEALAND SENTINEL CRAB , MACROPHTHALMUS ( HEMIPLAX ) HIRTIPES ( JACQUINOT , IN HOMBRON & JACQUINOT , 1846 ) ( DECAPODA , BRACHYURA , MACROPHTHALMIDAE

@inproceedings{Kitaura2010MOLECULARPP,
  title={MOLECULAR PHYLOGENETIC POSITION OF THE NEW ZEALAND SENTINEL CRAB , MACROPHTHALMUS ( HEMIPLAX ) HIRTIPES ( JACQUINOT , IN HOMBRON & JACQUINOT , 1846 ) ( DECAPODA , BRACHYURA , MACROPHTHALMIDAE},
  author={Jun Kitaura and Keiji Wada and Yasuo Fukui and Colin L. McLay},
  year={2010}
}
The systematic position of the New Zealand sentinel crab Macrophthalmus (Hemiplax) hirtipes (Jacquinot, in Hombron & Jacquinot, 1846) has been questioned because the zoeal morphology is incongruent with that of other species assigned to the genus. A molecular phylogeny based on the mitochondrial large subunit (16S) rRNA gene indicates M. hirtipes is distinct from other macrophthalmid species, and found to be more closely related to the New Zealand varunids Austrohelice crassa, Hemigrapsus… CONTINUE READING

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