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.
Department of Biology
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3258
scott at bio.tamu.edu
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