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Title: Resolution of the Portunus gladiator species complex: Taxonomic status and identity of monomia gladiator (fabricius, 1798) and monomia haanii (stimpson, 1858) (brachyura, decapoda, portunidae)
Authors: Windsor, A.M.
Mendoza, J.C.E. 
Deeds, J.R.
Keywords: Commercial species
DNA barcoding
Molecular phylogenetics
Morphology
Seafood
Swimming crab
Taxonomy
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Pensoft Publishers
Citation: Windsor, A.M., Mendoza, J.C.E., Deeds, J.R. (2019). Resolution of the Portunus gladiator species complex: Taxonomic status and identity of monomia gladiator (fabricius, 1798) and monomia haanii (stimpson, 1858) (brachyura, decapoda, portunidae). ZooKeys 2019 (858) : Nov-43. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.858.33826
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently adopted DNA barcoding for the purpose of determining the species identity of commercial seafood products. This effort has revealed instances of incongruence between current scientifically accepted taxon names and those utilized by the seafood industry in product labelling. One such case is that of “Portunus haanii”, a name utilized by the seafood industry to label commercial products under the market name “red swimming crab.” However, carcinologists currently regard P. haanii as synonym of Portunus gladiator Fabricius, 1798, which itself is the subject of debate over whether it is a secondary homonym of Cancer gladiator Fabricius, 1793. Further complicating matters, DNA barcode sequences from commercial products match GenBank sequences identified as Portunus pseudoargentatus Stephenson, 1961. Here the complicated taxonomic history of the Portunus gladiator complex is reviewed and a resolution proposed based on combined morphological descriptions and molecular phylogenetic analyses. It is demonstrated that, given the provisions of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature and the current elevation of Monomia Gistel, 1848, to full genus rank, its type species, Portunus gladiator Fabricius, 1798, should be treated as a valid and available taxon name. It is also shown, upon examination and comparison of types and topotypic material that Monomia haanii (Stimpson, 1858) is a distinct taxon from M. gladiator, and Portunus pseudoargentatus Stephenson, 1961, is a junior subjective synonym of M. haanii (Stimpson, 1858). Furthermore, it is shown that crab meat sold in the US currently labeled as “Portunus haanii” and/or “red swimming crab” is in fact M. haanii using comparative analysis of DNA barcode sequences between museum-vouchered reference specimens, whole crabs provided directly by a seafood importer, and processed commercial products purchased at retail. © Amanda M. Windsor et al.
Source Title: ZooKeys
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/210823
ISSN: 13132989
DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.858.33826
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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