Decapoda - Brachyura - Grapsidae - Leptograpsus

Leptograpsus variegatus (Fabricius, 1793)



World Distribution
(Griffin, 1973: 416; Garth, 1973: 323; Poupin, 1996a: 67): From Australia and New Zealand to Peru and Chili, including French Polynesia (Rapa), Easter Island and Juan Fernandez. - Littoral; Hard bottom.

Environnement : Marine - Substrat/Association : Hard bottom (rock and rubbles)

Vertical range : Intertidal - Min-Max observed: 0-95 m

Central Pacific data (Wallis & Futuna, Polynesia, Clipperton, Easter Island)
EASTER ISLAND - Leptograpsus variegatus - Rathbun, 1907: 29 (Easter Island, La Pérouse Bay). - Garth, 1973: 323 (Easter Island, Hanga Roa, and sp. examined by Rathbun). - Báez & Ruiz, 1985: 104 (Easter Island; specimens deposited in MNHN Santiago, coll. 1953-1983). - Retamal & Navarro, 1996: 53 (Littoral, Salas y Gómez, coll. M. Retamal, 1995 Chilean Navy, POI Expedition). - FRENCH POLYNESIA - Leptograpsus variegatus - ?de Man, 1890: 84 (Marquesas; under L. ansoni H. Milne Edwards, 1853). - Griffin, 1973: 461, fig. 1-6 (Syn.). - Poupin, 1996a: 67 (Checklist, with a new record at Rapa where it is very common; coll. Frv Marara, fr) - Synonyms - Leptograpsus ansoni H. Milne Edwards, 1853. - Unpublished sp, coll. & det. G. Paulay, Rapa, March 09, 2002, Akao raro, coastal zone, shallow bay with basalt benches and dead reef platforms (FLMNH-UF 3150); coll. BENTHAUS Expedition (Poupin), Rapa, Haurei Bay, seashore, November 8, 2002, det. J. Poupin November 25, 2003 (6 spp. in MNHN).

Other data
Benthaus Polynesie, STATION — Poupin J, Zoosystema 25, 4: 643-664

Comment(s) on data
This species is distributed along southern latitudes of the Pacific to Juan Fernandez and Peru, which indicate that it prefers relatively cold waters. Its occurrence in the hot waters of the Marquesas Islands (from de Man, 1890: 84, Marquesas, under L. ansoni H. Milne Edwards, 1853) is highly doubtful.

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