Decapoda - Brachyura - Ocypodidae - Minuca

Minuca rapax (Smith, 1870)



World Distribution
Felder et al. (2009) - Western Atlantic - 1 m <, E Fla–GMx, Antil, Carib–Brazil.

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

Vertical range : Intertidal - Min-Max observed: 0-1 m

Lesser Antilles data
Distribution: VGI (St Thomas, St Croix, Tortola), ICA (St Martin, St Barthélemy, Antigua, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Barbados, Tobago, Trinidad), IOV (Testigos, Margarita, Cubagua, Blanquilla, Tortuga, Los Roques, Bonaire, Curaçao, Aruba). Intertidal. WA.
Gelasimus palustris H. Milne Edwards, 1852: 149 'Antilles' [in Crane (1975: 325), several dry spp. of U. palustris from Guadeloupe (Marie-Galante), in MNHN dry collection are U. rapax] - Accepted as Minuca rapax (Smith, 1870) in WoRMS.
Gelasimus rapax - Aurivillius, 1893: 34, St Barthélemy [Not seen, from Crane, 1975: 198].
Uca pugnax rapax - Rathbun, 1918: 397, St Thomas, Curaçao, Trinidad. - Rathbun, 1920a: 26, Curaçao [coll. J. Boeke]. - Rathbun, 1924: 19, Curaçao [coll. C.J. van der Horst, 1920]. - Rathbun, 1933: 97, St Thomas. - Rathbun, 1936: 388, Curaçao, Aruba [coll. P. Hummelinck, 1930]. - Chace, 1956: 159, Los Roques.
Uca rapax - Chace & Holthuis, 1948: 27, Testigos, Los Roques, Bonaire, Curaçao, Aruba [Coll. P.Hummelinck]. - Chace & Hobbs, 1969: 214, St Thomas, St Croix, Antigua, Guadeloupe, Trinidad, Los Roques, Bonaire, Curaçao. - Hagen, 1970: 226, Trinidad [Caribbean Uca groups; from littérature]. - Hagen, 1977: 41, Trinidad. - Scelzo & Varela, 1988: 37, Blanquilla. - Hernández et al., 1999: tab. 2, Margarita [Laguna de Las Marites]. - Lira, 2004: tab. 1, Tortuga. - Hernández-Ávila et al., 2007: appendix, Cubagua [From literature]. - Vaslet et al., 2013: 245, annex 3, Guadeloupe [from Bourgeois-Lebel 1982, not seen].
Uca (Minuca) rapax rapax - Crane, 1975: 196, 564, 605, St Thomas, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Barbados, Tobago, Trinidad, Curaçao [also p. 198 from littérature, St Barthélemy]. - Carré, 2005: 23, Martinique. - Questel, 2014: 13, St Barthélemy.
Uca pugnax and Aratus pisonii - Yokoyama, 2010: 103, St Martin - Based on color photographs provided these two records are of Minuca rapax instead (re-det. J. Poupin). Minuca pugnax (Smith, 1870) is not present in the Lesser Antilles.
Minuca rapax - Shih et al., 2016: 171, Tortola [British Virgin Islands, Paraquita Bay, NCHUZOOL 13943; new genus].
Minuca rapax - Saint Martin, RNN Inventory 16/04/2012, UF32150, photo dSTM_2741; UF32151, photo dSTM_2750; UF32148, photo dSTM_2757; UF32147, photo dSTM_2763 - Guadeloupe, Karubenthos 2012, det. E. Macpherson, Besse 2013, re-det. Poupin/Felder April 2014, several lots attributed to U. rapax corrected later to Minuca burgersi, M. vocator or Leptuca leptodactyla; 1 male, JL179a (photo), MNHN-IU-2013-4997, 1 female, JL179b (photo), MNHN-IU-2013-6851, in part, 7 spp. Only (7 others spp. Are M. vocator), JL180, MNHN-IU-2013-6803, st. GM05 (mangrove); 1 female 12.1 x 17.9 mm, JL721a (photo, with male MNHN-6802), MNHN-IU-2013-6850, 1 male 16.4 x 24.5 mm, JL721b (photo), MNHN-IU-2013-6802, 5 spp., JL722, MNHN-IU-2013-6801, st. GM16 (mangrove); 1 male, JL946 (with hesitation; granules eroded on oblique tuberculate ridge of palm of large chela in this male, but otherwise match well others specimens of this species) MNHN-IU-2013-6799, st. GM21 (2 m); 1 male 17.1 x 25.9 mm, JL1156a (photo), MNHN-IU-2013-6800, 1 female, JL1156b (photo), 11.3 x 16.4 mm, MNHN-IU-2013-6855, 2 males, JL1156 (photo), MNHN-IU-2013-6856, st. GM27 (mangrove) - Martinique, groupe BIOSPHERES, November 2015, coll. R. Ferry & Y. Buske, det. J. Poupin.

Comment(s) on data
Crane (1975: 168) - Throughout the West Indies U. burgersi is probably the most common fiddler, its only possible numerical rival being rapax, a member of the same subgenus.
New genus Minuca is from Shih et al. (2016, Raffles Bulletin).

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