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Brachyuran Crab Fauna Character Estimated from Marine Water of Bangladesh and Noted New Record (Crustacea: Decapoda) as Distribution

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Abstract: As habitat anddistribution, in the study a total of 18 crab species were identified, belonging to 10 families (Calappidae, Epialtidae, Gecarcinidae,Grapsidae, Matutidae, Ocypodidae, Panopeidae, Sesarmidae, Varunidae, andXanthidae) order Decapoda under subphylum crustacean with relevant distinguishmorphological and meristic character and geographical position. We investigatedcrab species of Bangladesh from December 2013 to October 2014. All speciessamples were collected by hand picking on a baseline survey in Saint Martin’sIsland (the only coral island of Bangladesh) and adjacent marine water body ofBay of Bengal, Satkhira area (brackish and freshwater) and mangrove forest area(Sundarban). Among 18 species, 10 crab species from Family Epialtidae (1species), Gecarcinidae (2 species), Ocypodidae (1 species), Panopeidae (1species), Sesarmidae (1 species) and Xanthidae (4 species) were newly occurredin the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh. Cardisoma armatum and Zosymusaeneus species were larger than other enlisted species.

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