Description of the male of Upogebia miyakei from Ryukyu Islands, Japan (Decapoda: Thalassinidea: Upogebiidae)

Yuriko Hirano, Masayuki Saigusa

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The small upogebiid shrimp, Upogebia miyakei, was originally described from a female collected from Ishigaki-jima Island, Ryukyu Islands, southern Japan. However, no male specimen has been reported since the discovery of the holotype. During surveys at Iriomote-jima Island and its type locality, both females and males of U. miyakei were collected from the intertidal zone. Based on this material a full description of the male is given, and comparison with the female reveals the sexual dimorphic characteristics. The palm of the first pereiopod of male specimens is about 1.5 times wider than that of females. In male specimens, one or two spines are present on the dorsal margin of the palm of the first pereiopod, while three to six sharp spines are found on female specimens. This species is compared here with Upogebia lincolni from Java, Indonesia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-131
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2008


  • Decapoda
  • Ryukyu Islands
  • Sexual dimorphism
  • Thalassinidea
  • Upogebia miyakei

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science


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