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1 June 2012 Three New Species of Aegla (Anomura) Freshwater Crabs from the Upper Uruguay River Hydrographic Basin in Brazil
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Surveys performed in streams from the sub-basins of the Canoas and Pelotas rivers, which jointly form the Uruguay River in southern Brazil, led to the discovering of three new species of Aeglidae: Aegla brevipalma, Aegla leachi, and A. oblata. Here we present their morphological descriptions coupled with phylogenetic analyses, to infer evolutionary relationships to other aeglids using DNA sequence data from the 16S rRNA and COII gene regions of the mitochondrial genome. The presence of these new species increases the importance of the Upper Uruguay ecoregion for biodiversity richness of freshwater fauna in the Neotropical South America.

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Sandro Santos, Georgina Bond-Buckup, Ludwig Buckup, Marcos Pérez-Losada, Maegan Finley, and Keith A. Crandall "Three New Species of Aegla (Anomura) Freshwater Crabs from the Upper Uruguay River Hydrographic Basin in Brazil," Journal of Crustacean Biology 32(4), 529-540, (1 June 2012). https://doi.org/10.1163/193724012X635935
Received: 22 October 2011; Accepted: 1 February 2012; Published: 1 June 2012
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