Decapoda - Brachyura - Xanthidae - Paractaea

Paractaea nodosa (Stimpson, 1860)



World Distribution
Felder et al. (2009, Checklist, under Paractaea rufopunctata) - Western Atlantic - 1-220 m, NCar–GMx, Antil–Brz, Urg. - Odhner (1925), Rathbun (1930), this work - Lesser Antilles, Virgin Islands (St Thomas, Tortola), ICA (St Barthélemy, St Martin, Guadeloupe, Barbados), IOV (Curaçao).

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

Vertical range : Shallow to deep-waters (e.g. 10-190 m) - Min-Max observed: 1-220 m

Lesser Antilles data
Distribution: WA. North Carolina to Gulf of Mexico, Antilles to Brazil, Uruguay. Lesser Antilles, VGI (St Thomas, St Croix, St John, Norman, Tortola), ICA (St Barthélemy, St Martin, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Barbados), IOV (Blanquilla, Tortuga, Bonaire, Curaçao, Aruba). 1-220 m.
Actaea nodosa - Desbonne, in Desbonne & Schramm, 1867: 25, Guadeloupe. - A. Milne-Edwards, 1880a: 11, St Croix, St John, Norman (Flannegan Passage), Barbados [R/V Blake, 27-115 brasses]. - A. Milne-Edwards, 1873-1881: 245, Antilles.
Actaea rufopunctata nodosa - A. Milne-Edwards & Bouvier, 1923: 316, St Croix, St John, Norman (Flannegan Passage), Barbados [R/V Blake, st. 132, Santa Cruz, 115 brasses; st. 142, Flannegan Passage, 27 brasses; st. 276, Barbades, 94 brasses]. - Rathbun, 1921: 71, Barbados [Barbados-Antigua Expedition 1918]. - Rathbun, 1924: 15, Curaçao [coll. C.J. van der Horst, 1920]. - Rathbun, 1936: 384, Aruba, Bonaire [coll. P. Hummelinck, 1930].
Actaea rufopunctata - Odhner, 1925: 60, Tortola, St Barthélemy, Guadeloupe.
Paractaea rufopunctata nodosa - Rathbun, 1930: 257, St Thomas, St Croix, Barbados, Curaçao [Synonymy, Distribution, Key; R/V Blake]. - Rathbun, 1933: 56, St Thomas, St Croix. - Scelzo & Varela, 1988: 37, Blanquilla. - Lira, 2004: tab. 1, Tortuga.
Paractaea nodosa - Poupin & Corbari, 2016: in press - Saint Martin, RNN Inventory 17/04/2012, UF32228, photo dSTM_5876; 22/04/2016, UF32401, photo dSTM_7061; 26/04/2012, UF32555, photo dSTM_4306. - Guadeloupe - Karubenthos 2012 (12-95 m), det. J. Poupin October 2013, 1 juv. 3.4 x 4.8 mm, st. GB03, 05 May 2012, 16°21.72'N, 61°36.35'W, 22 m (MNHN-IU-2013-16160, lot JL332); 1 male 11.0 x 15.8 mm, st. GB20, 18 May 2012, 16°26.78'N, 61°32.41'W, 16 m (MNHN-IU-2013-16161, lot JL1079); 1 male, st. GB22, 19 May 2012, 16°30.57'N, 61°28.45'W, 12 m (MNHN-IU-2013-16162, lot JL1115d); 1 juv., st. GD55, 24 May 2012, 16°22.48'N, 61°35.46'W, 85 m (MNHN-IU-2013-16163, lot JL1330b); 1 female 13.1 x 18.3 mm, 1 male, st. GD58, 25 May 2012, 16°22.68'N, 61°34.95'W, 95 m (MNHN-IU-2013-14405, lot JL1393, lot JL1431a); 1 juv., st. GD59, 25 May 2012, 16°22.55'N, 61°35.38'W, 88 m (MNHN-IU-2013-16167, lot JL1377c); 2 MM, 1 female 3.9 x 5.6 mm, st. GD69, 28 May 2012, 16°15.97'N, 61°10.18'W, 60 m (MNHN-IU-2013-16159, lot JL1522); 1 juv. 3.3 x 4.7 mm, st. GM07, 07-08 May 2012, 16°10.45'N, 61°46.78'W, 1 m (MNHN-IU-2013-16164, lot JL358); 1 ov. Female 5.8 x 8.4 mm, 1 ov. Female 5.8 x 8.4 mm, st. GR11, 07 May 2012, 16°11.2'N, 61°47'W, 13 m (MNHN-IU-2013-16158, lot JL381, lot JL381); 1 female ov.5.4 x 7.6 mm, st. GR14, 09 May 2012, 16°03.25'N, 61°46.17'W, 27 m (MNHN-IU-2013-16157, lot JL516); 1 juv., st. GS13, 11 May 2012, 16°02.4'N, 61°45.6'W, 50 m (MNHN-IU-2013-16168) - Guadeloupe, Karubenthos II 2015, field det. J. Poupin, st. DW4535, 12 June 2015, 16°39.34'N, 61°31.85'W, 75-88 m, MNHN-IU-2013-18864; st. DW4545, 14 June 2015, 16°30.17'N, 61°31.41'W, 82-60 m, MNHN-IU-2013-18943.
Paractaea nodosa - Martinique, groupe BIOSPHERES, November 2015, coll. R. Ferry & Y. Buske, det. J. Poupin.
Comment: this is a common shallow waters species also collected during Karubenthos 2012 and 2015 between 12-95 m. It is sometimes (e.g. Felder et al., 2009) considered as subspecies of Paractaea rufopunctata (H. Milne Edwards, 1834) a species from the Indo-West Pacific. It is treated herein as a species, following Alves et al. (2012b). Several specimens of this species have been also recognized in 2012 at St Martin during a fieldwork organized there by the Réserve National Naturelle (specimens in FLMNH, UF 32228, 32555, 32401, com. pers. G. Paulay).

Comment(s) on data
Paractaea nodosa treated as a subspecies of P. rufopunctata in Felder et al. (2009) while other authors (e.g. Coehlo et al., 2008, Checklist) treat it as a species. In Eastern Pacific, P. nodosa is 'replaced' by P. sulcata ('analogous' species in Ratbhun, 1930; see Clipperton specimen in this database).

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