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Caldasia

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RODOLFO NAVAS SUAREZ, GABRIEL; BERMUDEZ TOBON, ADRIANA; ANGEL-YUNDA, CATALINA  and  CAMPOS CAMPOS, NÉSTOR HERNANDO. Composition and distribution of galatheoid crustaceans (Decapoda: Anomura) present in Colombian waters. Caldasia [online]. 2012, vol.34, n.2, pp.367-384. ISSN 0366-5232.

Studies conducted between 1998 and 2009 on the megafauna of the continental shelf and upper slope of the Colombian Caribbean Region and northern area of Pacific coast of Colombia shows the high species richness, abundance and ecological importance of Galatheid families (Munididae and Munidopsidae). Species of this family form assemblages that in shallow waters seem to be conditioned by the presence of particular habitats such as deep-sea corals, at intermediate depths by the characteristics of water masses, and at deeper waters by biological characteristics of the species, which allow them to adapt to the ecological heterogeneity that exists down to 500 m depth. A clear relationship between the assemblages and the proposed Colombian Caribbean ecoregion zoning were not observed.

Keywords : Munididae; Munidopsidae; assemblages; Colombia; Caribbean region; Pacific region.

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