Decapoda - Brachyura - Pilumnidae - Pilumnus

Pilumnus gracilipes A. Milne-Edwards, 1880



World Distribution
Rathbun (1930: 499) - Barbados, 100 fathoms (183 m). Known only from the unique type specimen. Lesser Antilles, ICA (Barbados).

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

Vertical range : Deep (more than 100 m) - Min-Max observed: 183-183 m

Lesser Antilles data
Distribution (Rathbun, 1930): WA. Barbados only (183 m). Also ?Guadeloupe, 164-264 m.
Pilumnus gracilipes A. Milne-Edwards, 1880 (1873-1880): 288, pl. 50, fig. 3, Barbados [R/V Hassler, 100 brasses]. - A. Milne-Edwards, 1880a: 13, Barbados [R/V Hassler, 100 brasses]. - A. Milne-Edwards & Bouvier, 1923: 321, Barbados [R/V Hassler, Barbades, 100 brasses] - Rathbun, 1930: 499, Barbados.
Pilumnus ?gracilipes - Poupin & Corbari, 2016: in press, Guadeloupe (first record?), Karubenthos II 2015, st. DW4592, 22 June 2015, 15°58.74'N, 61°21.82'W, 214-201 m, MNHN-IU-2013-19019; st. DW4596, 22 June 2015, 15°56.55'N, 61°21.76'W, 164-185 m, MNHN-IU-2013-19023; st. DW4647, 29 June 2015, 15°50.29'N, 61°26.24'W, 263-264 m, MNHN-IU-2013-19182 [with doubt, perhaps distinct from previous spp., check on specimen].
Comment: these specimens are attributed with hesitation to Pilumnus gracilipes with perphaps more thant one species on the photographs examined. Pilumnus gracilipes is still known from Barbados only (183 m; a female without its chelipeds). The present determination is based on figure in A. Milne-Edwards (1880, pl. 50, fig. 3, 3a) and aspect of the dactyl that is 'remarkably long' as stated by Rathbun (1930: 499).

Comment(s) on data
First id. as P. aff. sayi, but with several differences, e.g. no hepatic spines on dorsal carapace, chelipeds equal, no smooth area on outer palm, depth range of P. sayi typical to 90 m only;

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