Abstract

Recent workers have recognized five species in the genus Ovalipes: O. ocellatus (Herbst, 1799), O. punctatus (de Haan, 1833), O. guadulpens is (Saussure, 1858), O. iridescens (Miers, 1886), and O. molleri (Ward, I933). However, five species have been confused under the name of O. punctatus and these comprise: O. punctatus (de Haan, 1833), O. trimaculatus (de Haan, 1833), O. catharus (White, 1843), O. australiensis n.sp., and O. elongatus n.sp. A further new species, O. georgei, has appeared in recent collections from Western Australia, and it seems that there may be two forms of O. guadulpensis.

The new species are described and the remaining species redescribed. This has necessitated a redescription of the generic features and consideration of the possibility of either dividing the genus into several genera or erecting subgenera. Neither of these possibilities has been followed, but, instead, two groups have been designated (A and B), each with two subgroups. Thus the O. punctatus subgroup contains O. punctatus, O. trimaculatus, O. catharus, O. australiensis, and O. elongatus, and, with the O. georgei subgroup comprising only O. georgei, makes up Group A. The O. iridescens subgroup comprises O. iridescens and O. molleri, and with the O. ocellatus subgroup comprising O. ocellatus and O. guadulpensis makes up Group B.

 
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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
Stephenson and Rees, 1968, Rec. Aust. Mus. 27(11): 213–261
Author
W. Stephenson; M. Rees
Year
1968
Title
A revision of the genus 0valipes Rathbun, 1898 (Crustacea, Decapoda, Portunidae)
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
27
Issue
11
Start Page
213
End Page
261
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.27.1968.445
Language
English
Plates
plates 35–42
Date Published
01 July 1968
Cover Date
01 July 1968
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
CRUSTACEA: DECAPODA; TAXONOMY
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09 December 2008
Available Online
03 March 2009
Reference Number
445
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