Dr. Christopher Boyko of the Department of Biology and Dowling graduate Alyssa Liguori recently published the paper, Grapsoid and Gall Crabs (Crustacea: Brachyura: Grapsoidea and Cryptochiroidea) of Easter Island (Pacific Science 69: 509-523).
Nine species of crabs were identified from this central Pacific landmass, two of which were new records for this island that is one of the most isolated inhabited islands on Earth. One species was redescribed and another was moved to a different genus, based on material collected by the Science Museum of Long Island Easter Island Expedition of 1998-1999. Ms. Liguori completed this research while at pursuing her BS in Biology at Dowling College; she is currently a graduate student in the Department of Ecology and Evolution, Stony Brook University.
Photo: Live female Pachygrapsus plicatus H. Milne Edwards, 1837 from Easter Island.