Taxonomy, Distribution, and Ecology of Galápagos Brachyura

  • John S. Garth
Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 8)


This chapter constitutes an update of my “Littoral brachyuran fauna of the Galápagos Archipelago” (Garth, 1946a). Written 45 years ago, it dealt with a total of 120 species, 87 genera, and 15 families of “short-tailed” crabs, of which 44 species, 32 genera, and five families were reported for the first time from the Galápagos, largely as the result of five Hancock Expeditions (1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, and 1938) of which I was a member. Although I have not returned to the islands meanwhile, I have reviewed two important Galápagos collections: one made by Victor A. Zullo, resident systematist, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, in January–February 1964, as a member of GISP (Galápagos International Scientific Program); the other by Gerard M. Wellington [University of Houston, Houston, Texas (formerly Charles Darwin Research Station, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos, from November 1973 to August 1975)], while laying the groundwork for the establishment of a marine national park (Wellington, 1976). As a result of these collections, generously donated to the Allan Hancock Foundation (AHF), eight species and four genera were added to the insular fauna.


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  • John S. Garth
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  1. 1.Allan Hancock FoundationUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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