Decapoda - Brachyura - Portunidae - Achelous

Achelous spinicarpus (Stimpson, 1871)



World Distribution
Poupin (1994, Etudes & Thčses) - Western Atlantic. Common from North Carolina (Cap Hatteras), Lesser Antilles (Guadeloupe, Martinique, 220-250 m), Brazil (Santa Catarina). 6-600 m.

Environnement : Marine - Substrat/Association : Soft bottom (mud or sand)

Vertical range : Shallow to deep-waters (e.g. 10-190 m) - Min-Max observed: 9-600 m

Lesser Antilles data
Distribution: WA. North Carolina, Gulf of Mexico, northern South America, Brazil. Lesser Antilles, VGI (St Croix), ICA (Saba, St Kitts, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad), IOV (Margarita, Cubagua, Tortuga, Los Roques, Aruba). 9-600 m.
Neptunus (Hellenus) spinicarpus (Stimpson) - A. Milne-Edwards, 1880a: 11, St Croix, Saba, St Kitts, Grenada, Barbados [R/V Blake, 21-208 brasses]. - A. Milne-Edwards & Bouvier, 1923: 312, St Croix, Saba, St Kitts, Grenada, Barbados [R/V Blake, st. 132, Santa Cruz, 115 brasses; st. 144, Saba Bank, 21 brasses; St. 148, St Kitts, 208 brasses; st. 253, Grenade, 92 brasses; st. 290, Barbades, 73 brasses; st. 292, Barbades, 50 brasses; st. 293, Barbades, 82 brasses]. - Faxon, 1896: 154, St Kitts [R/V Blake, st. 149, 60-150 fathoms].
Portunus (Achelous) spinicarpus - Rathbun, 1930: 92, pl. 45, near Trinidad.
Portunus spinicarpus - Holthuis, 1969: 415, Trinidad, Los Testigos, Margarita, Tortuga, Los Roques, Aruba [R/V Pillsbury, 1968, cruise along Venezuela, numerous stations in Table 2, P-699 to P-761]. - Rodríguez, 1980: 304, Aruba [South of Aruba, from Taissoun, 1973]. - Paulmier, 1993: 27, Guadeloupe, Martinique [R/V Polka, trap, 220-250 m]. - Paulmier & Gervain, 1994: 10, tab. 2, Martinique [R/V Polka, deep trap]. - Poupin, 1994: 46 - Guadeloupe [R/V Polka, 200-405 m, det. M. Tavares, MNHN; see comment]. - Lira, 2004: tab. 1, Tortuga. - Hernández-Ávila et al., 2007: 45, Cubagua [From literature]. - Vaslet et al., 2013: 245, annexe 3, Guadeloupe [from Bourgeois-Lebel 1982, not seen].
Achelous spinicarpus - Poupin & Corbari, 2016: in press, Guadeloupe, Karubenthos 2012, det. E. Macpherson & C. Carmona-Suarez, workshop Besse 2013) st. GN14, 6 May 2012, 16°23'N, 61°37'W, 150 m, MNHN-IU-2013-5377; st. GN13 (JL366), 6 May 2012, 16°23'N, 61°37'W, 138 m, MNHN-IU-2013-5354 - Karubenthos II 2015, st. DW4588 or CP4588, 21 June 2015, 16°1.85'N, 61°24'W, 416-251 m, MNHN-IU-2013-18989.
Comment: this species was collected during Karubenthos 2012 and 2015. It is affiliated to A. binoculus (see under that species). The specimen attributed by Poupin (1994: 44) to A. spinicarpus is probably A. binoculus instead because it has the two red spots on the carapace (unpublished photo, J. Poupin).

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