Shane T. Ahyong
Australian Museum & University of New South Wales
16 October 2015
The Kermadec Islands, the only emergent feature of the Kermadec Ridge, mark the northern limit of New Zealand’s territorial waters. The decapod crustaceans of the Kermadec Islands have been the subject of sporadic studies. In May 2011, a joint expedition of the Auckland War Memorial Museum, the Australian Museum, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research surveyed terrestrial and shallow marine habitats around the Kermadec Islands. Fifty-nine species of decapod crustaceans in 49 genera and 26 families are recorded of which five species are new to science: Anachlorocurtus australis, Athanas mendax, Gnathophyllum oceanicum, Rhynchocinetes okuno, and Nanocassiope neozelandica. Twenty-one species are first records for New Zealand waters and three species are first records for the Kermadec Islands, but already known from mainland New Zealand.
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Shane T. Ahyong. Decapod crustacea of the Kermadec Biodiscovery Expedition 2011. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira. Bulletin of the Auckland Museum 20: 405:442.