Decapoda - Anomura - Paguridae - Protoniopagurus
Lemaitre & McLaughlin (1996, Bull. of Marine Science) - Caribbean Sea: so far known only from the western Caribbean, and west of Puerto Rico; 91-585 m. Also Curaçao, Guadeloupe.
Environnement : Marine - Substrat/Association : Associated with sponges
Vertical range : Deep (more than 100 m) - Min-Max observed: 91-585 m
Lesser Antilles data
Distribution: Caribbean Sea, Puerto Rico (Lemaitre & McLaughlin, 1996). Lesser Antilles, ICA (Guadeloupe), IOV (Curaçao). 91-585 m. WA.
Protoniopagurus bioperculatus - Com. R. Lemaitre Novembre 2014, off Curaçao (246 m), submarine observation with photos at http://www.coralreefphotos.com/deep-sea-hermit-crab-found-living-in-a-sponge/ (A lot of others hermit crabs reported by this project).
Protoniopagurus bioperculatus - Guadeloupe (first record), Karubenthos II 2015, field det. J. Poupin, st. CP4539, 12 June 2015, 16°39.35'N, 61°31.86'W, 338-339 m, MNHN-IU-2013-18885; st. DW4634, 27 June 2015, 15°47.81'N, 61°25.83'W, 310-304 m, MNHN-IU-2013-19141, 19143.
Comment: this is a first record for Guadeloupe Island but this species that is rarely reported in the litterature was already known from Lesser Antilles (Curaçao) from unpublished field observations made by submersible at 246 m (R. Lematire, com. pers.).
References : PDF list, 214 pp (1.4 Mo)
This species in Worms Database