Decapoda - Brachyura - Grapsidae - Planes

Planes major (MacLeay, 1838)



World Distribution
Atlantic, including Brazil, particularly South Atlantic (cf. Manning & Holthuis, 1981: 235). Indo-West Pacific, from Cap of Good Hope to French Polynesia. Eastern Pacific, from California to Peru and Magellan strait; Oceanic Islands: Revillagigedo (Clarion), Clipperton, Galapagos. Includes Madagascar, Réunion, Lesser Antilles (Guadeloupe).

Environnement : Marine - Substrat/Association : Pelagic or bathypelagic

Vertical range : Pelagic or bathypelagic - Min-Max observed: 0-10 m

Mayotte data
Planes major. - Expedition Glorieuses December 2012 (new record), st. Dive 3 (drifting with a buoy).

Réunion data
Planes cyaneus - Ribes-Beaudemoulin et al. 2002 : 178 (Réunion). - Planes major - Ng et al., 2008 : 217 (Synonymie).

Central Pacific data (Wallis & Futuna, Polynesia, Clipperton, Easter Island)
CLIPPERTON - Planes major - Poupin et al., 2007 (Clipperton new record). - FRENCH POLYNESIA - Planes minutus - Rathbun, 1918: 253, pl. 63 (Marquesas). - Planes cyaneus. - Chace, 1951: 88 (Syn. and distribution). - Poupin, 1996a: 68, 76 (Checklist, with first record at Neilson bank, on a drifting buoy with cirripeds; coll. Frv Marara). - Nautilograpsus major - Ng & Ahyong, 2001: 97 (Nautilograpsus major MacLeay, 1838 - now in Planes - is a senior subjective synonym of Planes cyaneus Dana). - AAMP, Marquesas, 2012, Leg 3, St. MQ32-M, Hatutaa, drifting buoy, in cirripeds, coll. Mat Jolly, sample LC390.

Lesser Antilles data
Distribution: ICA (Guadeloupe). Pelagic (floating objects). Pantropical.
Planes major - Guadeloupe , Karubenthos 2012, no station data, coll. D. Lamy, Baie Porte Enfer, 2012, subsurface, 0.5 m, 1 female, MNHN-IU-2013-4171, det. J. Poupin with hesitation [carapace feebly striated as in P. major but with lateral margins not strongly convex, more or less subquadratic, like in P. marinus].
Comment: This species is also reported in WA (e.g. Prado & Melo, 2002; Felder et al., 2009) as Planes cyaneus Dana, 1852. Following Ng & Ahyong (2001) and WoRMS (2016) P. cyaneus Dana should be accepted as Planes major (MacLeay).

Comment(s) on data
note: P. marinus reported herein in St Martin, based on a good photo, could also correspond to this specimen, with lateral margins of carapace not arcuate … but its carapace is more smooth, not striated.

References : PDF list, 214 pp (1.4 Mo)

This species in Worms Database