Decapoda - Anomura - Munidopsidae - Galacantha

Galacantha spinosa A. Milne Edwards, 1880

World Distribution
Baba et al. (2008) - Lesser Antilles, ICA (Dominica). - Felder et al. (2009) - 402-1050 m. Fla Str, GMx, Carib–Col

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

Vertical range : Deep (more than 100 m) - Min-Max observed: 402-1050 m

Lesser Antilles data
Distribution: Florida Strait, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea to Colombia. Lesser Antilles, ICA (Guadeloupe, Dominica). 402-1050 m. WA.
Galacantha spinosa A. Milne Edwards, 1880a: 53, Dominica [R/V Blake, st. 185, 333 brasses, 609 m]. - A. Milne-Edwards & Bouvier,1897: 56, pl. 4, figs 14–21, Dominica [R/V Blake, 609 m]. - Baba et al., 2008: 63, Dominica [Catalog].
Munidopsis spinosa - Chace, 1942: 76, Dominica [R/V Blake].
Galacantha spinosa - Guadeloupe (first record), Karubenthos II 2015, field det. J. Poupin, st. CP4522, 9 June 2015, 16°37.6'N, 61°48.3'W, 716-650 m, MNHN-IU-2013-18808; st. CP4644, 28 June 2015, 15°46.96'N, 61°5.11'W, 898-835 m, MNHN-IU-2013-19171.

French Guiana and surroundings areas: Guiana, Suriname, Brazil (Amapà)
Munidopsis spinosa (A. Milne Edwards, 1880) – Takeda, 1983: 96, Suriname, French Guiana [720–968 m].
Distribution/Habitat – WA; Marine; 402–1050 m.

Comment(s) on data
Mayo (1974: 354) - Munidopsis spinosa is another member of the Galacantha species complex, which is discussed in the Relationships section of the account of M. rostrata (A. Milne Edwards). M. spinosa can be distinguished from the latter, its closest western Atlantic relative, by the presence of lateral spines on the rostrum of M. rostrata, and by the otherwise spinier nature of M. spinosa (many more spinulate tubercles on the carapace and more prominent median cardiac spines). In life, the colors of the 2 species are also strikingly different: M. spinosa is white with red spines and splotches, while M. rostrata is solidly red or red-orange
In Baba et al. (2008, catalog) there is this entry for Munidopsis spinosa: Baba, 1988: 168, figs 67, 68 (off NE Borneo, 759 m). Probably another species as G. spinosa is in WA only.

References : PDF list, 214 pp (1.4 Mo)

This species in Worms Database