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Sesarmoides microphthalmus, a new species cave crab from Maros, Sulawesi

May 8, 2007

Sesarmoides microphthalmus

Sesarmoides microphthalmus Naruse & Ng, 2007 – Male and female individuals collected from underground river in Barru (South Sulawesi). Collected in 2002 by me on riverbank with muds substrat. (Foto. C.Rahmadi)

The trip to MAros karst in 2002 under the grant of ARCBC, was succesfully added a new species of cave crab from underground water of MAros Karst. The species has been named and published in the journal of Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 2007, Vol. 55. No. 1. The species name is Sesarmoides microphthalmus Naruse and Ng, 2007 belong to family Sesarmidae.

The species closely related to Sesarmoides jacobsoni from cave in Gunung Sewu Karst. The species is only known from type locality.

Note by: Cahyo Rahmadi

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jim Padin (Philippines) permalink
    May 18, 2007 2:27 pm

    If given the chance to describe and name this crab, I would call it Sesarmoides rahmadi, as a tribute to the collector. Great job Cahyo!

  2. May 21, 2007 1:27 am

    Thanks Jim,

    The species is very interesting, First time I collected this animals, I never imagine that I collected a new species.

    Now, I have so many a candidate of new cave species to be described.

    Thanks for visiting our pages.



  3. adamdeee permalink
    April 17, 2009 12:58 am

    Hey Cahyo,

    Did you know Maros Prehistoric Cave has been submitted to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

    I started a cool new site called Global Heritage Network ( ) where you can add photos and discuss certain sites in the forums section.

    If you have a moment check it out and you can add your beautiful photos!

    Cool site!

    -Adam D.

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