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Molecular phylogeny of the crab genus Metopograpsus H. Milne Edwards, 1853 (Decapoda : Brachyura : Grapsidae) reveals high intraspecific genetic variation and distinct evolutionarily significant units

Fratini, S. ; Cannicci, S. ; Schubart, C. D.


The Indo-Pacific genus Metopograpsus belongs to the family Grapsidae and comprises six species of intertidal crabs inhabiting sheltered rocky shores and mangrove forests. All species are opportunistic feeders and four of them are associated with roots and trunks of mangroves. So far, no comprehensive molecular phylogenetic study has been conducted on this genus, despite the fact that some species ...


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