QATAR UNIVERSITY RESEARCH TEAM FINDS NEW SPECIES OF CRAB WITHIN QATAR MARINE ZONE

A research team from the Marine Biology Cluster, at Qatar University Environmental Science Centre (QU-ESC), discovered a new species of crab, during an exploration trip on the research vessel, Janan.

The trip aimed to investigate marine benthic biodiversity, within the Qatar Marine Zone.

Named “Coleusia janani,” the new crab has never been collected or identified, within Qatar waters or elsewhere.

It is a small crab of 13.6 mm, which inhabits a gravel/mud substrate, associated with the oyster bed ecosystem.

It has a bright orange and grey shell, with two pairs of orange/red outlined circles, on each side of the shell, and its legs and pinchers are white with orange bands.

ESC Marine Operations and Logistics Manager, Dr Ibrahim Abdullatif Al-Maslamani, noted that, the new discovery will definitely lead to new research, as it highlights shortcomings in the current taxonomic descriptive identification keys and species lists of the Leucosiidae family of crabs in the Arabian Gulf.

“The discovery of Coleusia janani within the Arabian Gulf should trigger a revision of the Leucosiidae family of crabs in the region. This discovery underlines the gap in the taxonomic descriptions of the marine benthic environment, and its associated species within the Qatar Marine Zone. It also represents a new species to science, which is considerably exciting,” he said

Source: NAM News Network