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|First record of the rare crab Asthenognathus atlanticus Monod, 1933 (Crustacea: Brachyura: Varunidae) in the North Sea|Faasse, M.; Gheerardyn, H.; Witbaard, R.; Cuperus, J. (2021). First record of the rare crab Asthenognathus atlanticus Monod, 1933 (Crustacea: Brachyura: Varunidae) in the North Sea. Oceanological and Hydrobiological Studies 50(3): 352-358. https://dx.doi.org/10.2478/oandhs-2021-0030
In: Oceanological and Hydrobiological Studies. Institute of Oceanography: Gdynia. ISSN 1730-413X; e-ISSN 1897-3191, meer
range expansion; climate change; new record; commensalism
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- Faasse, M., meer
- Gheerardyn, H., meer
- Witbaard, R., meer
- Cuperus, J.
Several species new to the area were collected while monitoring Dutch marine waters using a dredge. The varunid crab Asthenognathus atlanticus Monod, 1933 was recorded for the first time in the North Sea. Until 2008, this relatively rare crab was known from the west coast of Africa and the western Mediterranean to northern Brittany in the north. In recent years, its distribution range has expanded, as indicated by records from the Bay of the Seine and the area around Dieppe-Le Tréport. Our finding from Brown Bank (southern North Sea) indicates a further, northward expansion of its distribution range. We list the hosts with which the crab is associated. Earlier arguments for climate change as an explanation for the northward range expansion are supported.