Decapoda - Caridea - Pandalidae - Plesionika

Plesionika narval (Fabricius, 1787)

World Distribution
(Li, 2006: 370) - Mediterranean, eastern Atlantic from Gibraltar to Cap Verde Islands, South Atlantic, Red Sea, Indo-West Pacific from Madagascar to French Polynesia and northward to Japan, at depths of 35-400m. See also Fransen (2006: 73) for detailed distribution; depth 10-910m, usually 200-400 m.
Chan & Crosnier (1991 : 443) - Mondial. Atlantique Sud (St Hélène) et oriental. Indo-ouest Pacifique, mer Rouge, Madagascar, Réunion, Seychelles, Indonésie, Philippines, Japon, Taiwan, Nouvelle-Calédonie, Polynésie française. De 35 à 910 m.

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

Vertical range : Deep (more than 100 m) - Min-Max observed: 35-910 m

Mayotte data
Plesionika narval - Poupin et al., 2022, Naturae, MNHN, : 145. - Mayotte, photo G. Barathieu, Bouéni, 01/12/2018, 80 m, crevices, overhang, also 5/04/2019, Sanctutum, 72 m; det. from photos J. Poupin with Chan & Crosnier (1991) and verification of rostral dentition (about 60 dorsal teeth and 44 ventral teeth, posterior 10 ventral teeth corresponding to about 13 dorsal teeth).
Plesionika narval - Poupin, 2022 - Determination of mesophotic Crustacea (70-90 m) around Mayotte collected during MESOMAY3 (11/12-2021), sample 13b, 58, 83-89 m, photos only, at

KWD - Mesophotic, Det OK, First for Mayotte

Réunion data
Parapandalus narval - Crosnier, 1976 : 235 (Réunion, coll. P. Guézé, 12/11/1972, La Possession, casier 150 m, Le Port, casier 150-200 m, MNHN). - Plesionika narval - Chan & Crosnier, 1991 : 443 (Réunion, spécimens de Guézé, synonymie, distribution).

New Caledonia data
Nouvelle Caledonie, STATION — Chan TY & Crosnier A, Musorstom 9, 152: 413-461

Central Pacific data (Wallis & Futuna, Polynesia, Clipperton, Easter Island)
Plesionika narval - Chan & Crosnier, 1991: 443, fig. 12a-c, 13a, 14a-c, 15a-e, 34-36 (Tahiti; 40-50m). - Poupin, 1998: 28 (Checklist).

Comment(s) on data
Remark T.-Y. Chan, Septembre 2020 for photos frome Mayotte with incomplete white lateral line:
Your photo is the same as the shallower water form of P. narval in many places of the Indo-West Pacific. After all these years, it seems that shallow water form of P. narval from divers always has incomplete white lateral line. But deep water form from trawls always has complete white lateral line. Perhaps they belong to different species but for the time being they can still be identified as P. narval. To solve this problem, I will need many specimens of the shallow water forms. Most of the P. narval material I can access were collected by trawl from more than 100 m deep. If you are able to gather newly collected material of the shallow form, perhaps I can try to solve this problem by using DNA barcoding comparison.

References : PDF list, 214 pp (1.4 Mo)

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