On-line version ISSN 1676-0603
MAROCHI, Murilo Zanetti and MASUNARI, Setuko. The Eriphiidae, Menippidae, Panopeidae and Pilumnidae crabs (Crustacea Brachyura) from shallow waters of the Paraná State coast, Brazil, with pictorial identification key for species. Biota Neotrop. [online]. 2011, vol.11, n.3, pp. 21-33. ISSN 1676-0603. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1676-06032011000300001.
A pictorial species identification key for crabs of the families Eriphiidae, Menippidae, Panopeidae and Pilumnidae from shallow waters of Paraná State coast was elaborated. A description of the recognition characteristics and illustrations of the species are also presented. Crab samples were obtained from mangrove, estuary and oyster farming located in Guaratuba Bay and rocky shore in Matinhos city. Drawings and analyses were based on freshly collected specimens and on those deposited at Natural History Museum of Capão da Imbuia and at Laboratory of Ecology of Crustacea UFPR. A total of 13 species were analyzed, from which nine species of Panopeidae, two Pilumnidae and one of Eriphiidae and Menippidae. This species richness was considered similar to neighboring areas in spite of the short extension of the Paraná State coast.
Keywords : crab; identification key; Brachyura; Paraná; Brazil.