Commensal crabs

Scott Harrison scott at bio.tamu.edu
Tue Mar 16 16:13:40 EST 1999


I am a graduate student working on the systematics and biology of 
crabs in the family Pinnotheridae.  These crabs are commensals of 
polychaetes as well as other invertebrates including  molluscs, 
echinoderms, and crustaceans.  Little is known about most species and 
many are only known by one specimen with no record of the host.


If any of you happen to  come across specimens of these small crabs 
(5mm to 25mm width) during your collections of polychaetes, and are 
willing to send them to me I would greatly appreciate it.  If you 
collect a fresh specimen, putting them directly  in 100% ethanol 
would be appreciated so that molecular work can be done, but I will 
take any specimens you might have in any preservative or condition.  
I would gladly pay for the cost of shipping.

Thank you for your help.

Scott Harrison




Scott Harrison
Department of Biology
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX  77843-3258
(409)845-0168
scott at bio.tamu.edu



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