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Forest and De Saint Laurent, 1975

Diagnosis:
Rostrum well developed, reaching to the base of the cornea. Eyes distinct, movable, cornea with pigment, inserted on a median elevation of the cephalon, which reaches to about middle of rostrum, with which it is partly fused. Epistome large, 1.5 times as long as wide and about 1/3 of carapace length, its posterior margin about level with cervical groove of carapace. First four pereiopods without true chelae. First pereiopods very strong, spiny and subchelate, the second somewhat similar, but smaller and with fewer spines.Telson posteriorly broadly rounded. Endo- and exopod of the uropods firm throughout; exopod with a diaeresis.

Type:
Type locality: "Albatross, Station 5278. 14°00'10"Nord; 120°17'15"Est; 185 m", south west of entrance of Manila Bay, Philippines. Holotype male, in USNM, no.152650.

Geographical Distribution:
Indo-West Pacific region. The species is known only from 14 specimens all trawled south west of the entrance of Manila Bay in a small area between 13°59.0'- 14°08.0'N and 120°15.8'-120°20.5'E, 186-189 m, and from 3 specimens taken in the TimorSea, 9°46'S 130°00'E, 240-300 m.

Habitat and Biology:
Depth range from 186 to 300 m; firm substrate with mud.

Size:
Total body length between 7 and 14.9 cm, carapace length between 3 and 6.7 cm.

Interest to Fisheries:
The scarcity of the species (only 17 specimens known) and its probably very restricted range, do not make it a likely subject for a fishery.

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