Decapoda - Anomura - Pylochelidae - Pylocheles

Pylocheles agassizi A. Milne-Edwards, 1880



World Distribution
Felder et al. (2009) - 250-963 m, Yuc Str, SE Carib.

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

Vertical range : Deep (more than 100 m) - Min-Max observed: 250-963 m

Lesser Antilles data
Distribution: Yucatan Strait, southeastern Caribbean Sea. Lesser Antilles, VGI (St Croix), ICA (Guadeloupe, Montserrat, St Lucia, Barbados, Grenadines, Grenada). 250-963 m. WA.
Pylocheles Agassizii A. Milne-Edwards, 1880a: 38, Barbados [R/V Blake, st. 291, 200 brasses]. - A. Milne-Edwards, 1883, pl. 10, Barbados [R/V Blake, 200 brasses]. - A. Milne-Edwards & Bouvier, 1893: 20, pl. 1, St Croix, Barbados, St Lucia [R/V Blake, st. 291, 200 brasses (325 or 365 m), Barbados, st. 134, 248 brasses (453 m), St Croix (Santa Cruz), st. 216, 154 brasses (282 m), St Lucia]. - Faxon, 1896: 155, St Croix, Montserrat, Grenadines, Grenada [R/V Blake, st. 129, 314 fathoms, st. 153, 303 fathoms, st. 238, 127 fathoms, st. 260, 291 fathoms]. - Forest, 1987: 48, St Lucia, Barbados [R/V Blake].
Pylocheles agassizi - Guadeloupe (first record), Karubenthos II 2015, field det. J. Poupin [Based on Forest (1987), place of collection], st. DW4573, 17 June 2015, 16°19.9'N, 60°54.6'W, 413-389 m, MNHN-IU-2013-18965.
Comment: present determination is based on Forest (1987) key characters. The species lives in a tubular cavity in an unidentifed material (stone, spone, wood?). Forest (1987) indicates stone or silice sponge. This is a first record for Guadeloupe but the species was already well documented from other islands in Lesser Antilles.

Comment(s) on data
Living in tubular cavity in stone, sponge, ?wood.
1 Brasse = 1 Fathom = 1.8288 m (UK) or 1.624 m (France)

References : PDF list, 214 pp (1.4 Mo)

This species in Worms Database