New species of crab first found sold in Chinese pet market.

Main report: Crab from the Chinese pet market turns out to be a new species of a new genus
(EurekAlert!)
Other Reporting: Nature World News, The New York Times
Scientific Paper: Zookeys   
New Taxa: Yuebeipotamon calciatile
Species named for: 'living on limestone'.
Categories: Crustaceans | New Species | Species Discovery
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Knowing about the growing demand for eye-catching freshwater crabs from southern China, the authors took a look at the ornamental fish market to eventually identify an individual with unusually structured male gonopod, which in crustaceans is a swimming appendage modified to serve as a reproductive organ. Having their interest drawn by the peculiar crab, lead author Chao Huang managed to persuade the fish dealer to let them survey the collection site located in northern Guangdong, southern China.

Live male Yuebeipotamon calciatile gen. n., sp. n., color in life. Photo Hsi-Te Shih

Live male Yuebeipotamon calciatile gen. n., sp. n., color in life. Photo Hsi-Te Shih

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