Decapoda - Brachyura - Xanthidae - Lophozozymus

Lophozozymus pulchellus A. Milne-Edwards, 1867

World Distribution
Serène (1984 : 170) Described from New Caledonia and recorded in numerous places in the Indo-West Pacific, including Red Sea, Zanzibar, Australia, Hawaii, and Japan. Also Europa, Seychelles, Australia, New Caledonia. Japan, Paracel, French Polynesia, Mayotte.

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

Vertical range : Shallow to deep-waters (e.g. 10-190 m) - Min-Max observed: 1-120 m

Mayotte data
Lophozozymus pulchellus A. Milne-Edwards, 1867
Material examined — Mayotte KUW 2009, st. 35, Surprise Reef, Longoni Pass, 4-25 m, 1 M 4.7 x 7.6 mm (broken), det. September 2011, MNHN-IU-2009-3237. - Poupin, 2016: Juan de Nova, BIOTAS 2009, Juan de Nova, reef-block, st. JDN08, lots MEPA-00596 (nr).
Other records — Mayotte, color photograph transmitted by Norbert Verneau, 2010 (
Remarks — This Lophozozymus, usually of small size, is characterized by its live coloration with a reticulation of fine red lines on carapace and ambulatory legs are marked with transverse red bands. The specimen examined from KUW st. 35 is broken with only faint remains of coloration. The live coloration is illustrated herein from a specimen photographed at Mayotte in 2010 (courtesy N. Verneau).
Geographic and depth ranges — IWP, Red Sea, Mayotte (this work), Tanzania to Guam, Hawaii, French Polynesia; shallow subtidal to 120 m.

Europa data
Lophozozymus pulchellus - Dérijard, 1968 : 1244, fig. 8-9 (Europa). - Serène, 1984 : 170 (Europa dans la distribution).

Réunion data
Lophozozymus pulchellus - Coll. BIOLAVE, 26/11/2011, shallow-waters, divers 10-30 m, det. J. Poupin based on color photo, 25/01/2013. - Réunion, lagon, 2021-11-12, photo Chritophe Cadet

New Caledonia data
Nouvelle Caledonie, STATION — Edwards AM, Nouv Arch MNHN 8: 229-267

Central Pacific data (Wallis & Futuna, Polynesia, Clipperton, Easter Island)
Lophozozymus pulchellus - Unpublished specimens in MNHN collection, coll. BENTHAUS Expedition 2002, det. J. Poupin October 2006: Arago bank, st. DW1968, 100-120 m, 1 female, 7.5x11.9 mm. - AAMP, Marquesas, 2012, Leg 2, coll. Evans, St 37, Hiva Oa, 28 m, sample 0518.

References : PDF list, 214 pp (1.4 Mo)

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