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Xanthid crab, Pilodius areolatus

Pilodius areolatus (H. Milne Edwards, 1834) (Xanthidae, Brachyura) from Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

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Robert M. Lasley JrPredoctoral Fellow

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    Smithsonian Institution
    Department of Invertebrate Zoology
    Museum Support Center, MRC 534
    4210 Silver Hill Road
    Suitland, MD 20746

    Responsibilities: Predoctoral Fellow

    Education: Ph.D. (in progress) National University of Singapore
    B. S. (2008) University of Florida

    Research Interests:
    worldwide brachyuran (true crab) taxonomy, phylogenetics, biogeography, and conservation.

    Selected Publications:

    Lasley, R.M. Jr, Lai, J.C.Y, Thoma, B.P., 2013. A new genus for Chlorodiella longimana (H. Milne Edwards, 1834) supported by morphology and molecular data, with a preliminary phylogeny of the Chlorodiellinae (Crustacea: Decapoda: Xanthidae). Invertebrate Systematics 27: 379–390.

    Lasley, R. M. Jr, Jain, A., Kunte, K., 2013. Alleviating Poverty in India: Biodiversity’s Role. Science 6148: 840–841.

    Lasley, R.M. Jr, Ng, P.K.L, 2013. A new species of Zozymodes (Crustacea: Decapoda: Xanthidae) from Guam. Micronesica 2013-03.

    Lasley, R.M. Jr., Mendoza, J.C.E., & Ng, P. K. L., 2010. Two new species of Guitonia Garth & Iliffe, 1992 (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura: Xanthidae) from the central and western Pacific Ocean. Zootaxa 2684: 1–13.

    Dixon, R. & Lasley, R., 2009. Phycology in a shearing shed. Australian Society for Phycology and Aquatic Botony 27(2): 3-4.

    Slapcinsky, J. & Lasley, R., 2007. Three new species of Paryphantopsis (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Charopidae) from the Nakanai Mountains, New Britain. The Nautilus 121(4): 182-190.

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