Decapoda - Brachyura - Epialtidae - Epialtus

Epialtus dilatatus A. Milne-Edwards, 1878

World Distribution
Felder et al. (2009, Checklist) - 2-22 m, NCar–Fla, GMx, Carib, Antil. Virgin Islands (St Thomas).

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

Vertical range : Shallow-waters (0-100 m) - Min-Max observed: 2-22 m

Lesser Antilles data
Distribution: VGI (St Thomas), ICA (Guadeloupe), IOV (Bonaire, Curaçao). 2-22 m. WA.
Epialtus dilatatus A. Milne-Edwards, 1873-1880: 140, pl. 27, fig. 4, St Thomas. - Rathbun, 1925: 153, pl. 45, fig. 2, St Thomas. - Rathbun, 1936: 380, Bonaire [coll. P. Hummelinck, 1930]. - Rodríguez, 1980: 281, St Thomas, Bonaire, Curaçao [St Thomas, from literature]. - Carmona-Suárez & Poupin, 2016: 356, Guadeloupe, Karubenthos 2012, MNHN-IU-2013-6615, st. GM11, 1 m, JL688-2, 1 female with sacculina, 15.0x12.4 mm (photo lab, det. Carmona-Suárez as Epialtus sp., re-det Poupin April 2014; det. Carmona Suarez 2014, st. GM06, 1 m JL302, 1 male MNHN-IU-2013-5941, 1 female MNHN-IU-2013-5940, 1 ov. female MNHN-IU-2013-5942; st. GM14, 1 m JL700-4, 1 ov. female MNHN-IU-2013-14655.

Comment(s) on data
Affiliated to Epialtus bituberculatus also in Guadeloupe. Det. J. Poupin April 2014 based on shape of rostum, not simple, faintly bilobed. There is no 'a slight tuft of hair on the lower margin of the propodite of the ambulatory legs' (reported by Rathbun as 'inconspicuous'), may be because this female as a sacculina?
MNHN-IU-2013-4180, Carmona-Suarez C., Besse - mars 2013, GB01 (this sp. not re-examined in MNHN in April 2014, in loan with Carmona-Suarez), first attributed to this species, then changed to Epialtus bituberculatus.

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