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Atergatis floridus

Floral egg crab, Shawl crab

Takuhiro Yamada (2014)



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References & Links

References & Links

Davie, P. (2010). WoRMS - World Register of MarineSpecies - Atergatis floridus (Linnaeus, 1767). [online] at:[Accessed 3 Jun. 2014].

Endean, R., Lewis, R., Gyr,P. and Williamson, J. (1983). Toxic material from the crab Atergatis floridus.Toxicon,[online] 21, pp.111-113. Available at: [Accessed 3 Jun. 2014].

Galiano, R. (2009). Scuba Diving - New Jersey &Long Island New York - dive Wreck Valley - Marine Biology - Crustaceans: Crabs.[online] Available at:[Accessed 3 Jun. 2014].

Hashimoto, Y., Konosu, S.,Yasumoto, T., Inoue, A. and Noguchi, T. (1967). Occurrence of toxic crabs inRyukyu and Amami Islands. Toxicon,5(2), pp.85--90.

Hayashi, M., Hammock, J. andHope, N. (2014). Floral EggCrab (Atergatis floridus) - Information on Floral Egg Crab - Encyclopedia ofLife. [online] Encyclopedia of Life. Available at: [Accessed 3 Jun. 2014].

Hwang, D., Arakawa, O.,Saito, T., Noguchi, T., Simidu, U., Tsukamoto, K., Shida, Y. and Hashimoto, K.(1989). Tetrodotoxin-producing bacteria from the blue-ringed octopus Octopusmaculosus. Marine Biology,100(3), pp.327--332., (2014). ITIS Standard Report Page:Atergatis floridus. [online] Available at:[Accessed 3 Jun. 2014].

Kroening, H. (2000). Decapod claw form and function(subphylum Crustacea, phylum Arthropoda). [online] at:[Accessed 3 Jun. 2014].

NOGUCHI, T., JEON, J.,ARAKAWA, O., SUGITA, H., DEGUCHI, Y., SHIDA, Y. and HASHIMOTO, K. (1986).Occurrence of tetrodotoxin and anhydrotetrodotoxin in Vibrio sp. isolated fromthe intestines of a xanthid crab, Atergatis floridus. Journal of biochemistry, 99(1),pp.311--314.

Queensland Museum Network,(2014). Shawl Crab -Queensland Museum Network. [online] Available at:[Accessed 3 Jun. 2014].

Saito, T., Kohama, T., Ui,K. and Watabe, S. (2006). Distribution of tetrodotoxin in the xanthid crab(< i> Atergatis floridus</i>) collected in the coastal waters ofKanagawa and Wakayama Prefectures.Comparative Biochemistry and PhysiologyPart D: Genomics and Proteomics, 1(1), pp.158--162., (2008). Floral egg crabs (Atergatisfloridus) on the Shores of Singapore. [online] Available at:[Accessed 3 Jun. 2014].

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