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Hermit Crab Fauna from the Infralittoral Zone of Anchieta Island (Ubatuba, Brazil)

  • Fernando L. M. Mantelatto
  • Renata B. Garcia

Abstract

The checklist and biological aspects of hermit crab communities living on the infralittoral rocky bottom (Anchieta Island, Ubatuba) were studied through monthly samplings from January to December 1998. The specimens were captured by three persons using scuba diving methods. Data on seasonal distribution and abundance of each species are presented. Nine species were recorded: Calcinus tibicen, Dardanus insignis, D. venosus, Paguristes calliopsis, P. erythrops, P. tortugae, Petrochirus diogenes, Pagurus brevidactylus, and P. criniticornis. The species recorded on Anchieta Island correspond to 42.9% of the total hermit crab species catalogued for the State of São Paulo. The taxocoenosis was controlled by P. tortugae and P. brevidactylus during all seasons. In the present study D. venosus was recorded for the first time in the State of São Paulo. The large amount of resources utilized by the hermit crabs on Anchieta Island reveal a locality with high shell availability, constituting an important site for crabs to find, use and exchange shells.

Keywords

Hermit Crab Gastropod Shell Crab Population Exchange Shell South Atlantic Central Water 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fernando L. M. Mantelatto
    • 1
  • Renata B. Garcia
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Biologia, Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (FFCLRP)Universidade de São Paulo (USP)Ribeirão PretoBrasil

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