Decapoda - Brachyura - Xanthidae - Lybia

Lybia plumosa Barnard, 1947



World Distribution
MASDEA/AfReMas (Internet), Galil & Vannini (1990 : 24), Serène (1984 : 29-31) - Océan Indien. Afrique orientale, Somalie, Kenya, Mozambique, Afrique du Sud, Madagascar, Seychelles, Maurice, et Moorea Polynésie française

Environnement : Marine - Substrat/Association : Associated with anemones

Vertical range : Shallow-waters (0-100 m) - Min-Max observed: 0-21 m

Mayotte data
Lybia plumosa Barnard, 1947
Material examined — Mayotte KUW 2009, st. 32, Islet M'tzamboro, northeast, 6-21 m, 1 F ov. 3 x 4.3 mm, MNHN B32434, MNHN-IU-2009-1196. - Poupin, 2016: Juan de Nova, Expedition Juan de Nova December 2013, reef-block, st14 (nr), 1 male 5.7x7.0 mm (photo) (MNHN).
Remarks — In Guinot (1976) and Serène (1984) Lybia leptochelis (Zehntner, 1894) from Red Sea, Mozambique, Seychelles, Madagascar and Mauritius is a species very similar. Without comparison material, the specimen examined herein from Mayotte is attributed, with hesitation, to Lybia plumosa based on the aspect of anterolateral margins of carapace. Color photographs of L. plumosa and L. leptochelis are, respectively in Galil & Vannini (1990: 34, fig. 7b, Somalia) and Mendoza et al. (2014: 281, fig. 3E, Chrstmas Is.) showing very similar color pattern.
Geographic and depth ranges — WIO, ?IWP, Somalia, Mayotte (this work), South Africa to Seychelles, Madagascar, Mauritius; also French Polynesia; subtidal. This species is mostly reported in WIO its occurrence in the Pacific being limited to apparently limited to Moorea and Tikehau Islands in French Polynesia (cf. Serène, 1984; Peyrot-Clausade 1989).

Réunion data
Lybia plumosa - Réunion (first record) - Program BIOLAVE, ARVAM, J.-P. Quod, photo, plate A. Barrère (pl. Q4, top right, color pattern match that of a L. plumosa photographed in Somalia, in Galil & Vannini, 1990, p. 34, fig. 7B).

Central Pacific data (Wallis & Futuna, Polynesia, Clipperton, Easter Island)
Lybia leptochelis - Peyrot-Clausade, 1977a, annex of the species: 27 (Moorea) not L. leptochelis (Zehntner, 1894) = L. plumosa fide Serène (1984: 29, 31). - Lybia plumulosa (sic) - Peyrot-Clausade, 1989: 113 (Tikehau). - Lybia plumosa - Poupin, 1996a: 37 (Checklist) - ?Relevant material - Lybia sp. ind. juv. - Peyrot-Clausade, 1977a, annex of the species: 27 (Moorea). - Remark: small anemones on the claws.

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