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- Gecarcinus Leach, 1814: 430.
Cancer ruricola Linnaeus, 1758 (original combination).
Exopod not projecting beyond third maxilliped ischium-merus articulation, without flagellum; palp concealed by third maxilliped merus margin. Mesial segment of first male gonopod distally reduced and terminal segment basally exposed, terminal segment projecting beyond apical setae.
Because further evidence challenging Türkay’s (1973) synonymization of Gecarcinus quadratus with Gecarcinus lateralis has not been presented to date, we follow his taxonomy and treat Gecarcinus quadratus, described from the Pacific mainland, as a junior synonym of Gecarcinus lateralis.
Key to the species of Gecarcinus Leach, 1814
- Perger, R; Wall, A; 2014: The description of a new species of the Neotropical land crab genus Gecarcinus Leach, 1814 (Crustacea, Decapoda, Brachyura, Gecarcinidae) ZooKeys, 435: 93-109. doi
- Türkay M (1973) Bemerkungen zu einigen Landkrabben. Bulletin du Museum D'Histoire Naturelle, Paris 142(3): 969–980.
- Freminville M (1835) Notice sur les tourlourouxou crabes de terre des Antilles. Annales des Sciences Naturelles (2nd series) 3: 213–224.