Decapoda - Anomura - Paguridae - Iridopagurus

Iridopagurus dispar (Stimpson, 1859)

World Distribution
Stimpson (1859) - Barbados. Species uncertain, see comments.
Melo (1999: 108) Bahamas, Florida (east), Antilles, Brazil 30-260 m (but García-Gómez, 1983 is not cited).

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

Vertical range : Shallow to deep-waters (e.g. 10-190 m) - Min-Max observed: 3-260 m

Lesser Antilles data
Distribution: VGI (St John), ICA (Barbados), IOV (Curaçao). 3-4 m. WA.
Spiropagurus dispar Stimpson, 1859: 88, Barbados [Dredge, sandy bottom, 2 fathoms, Theo. Gill, Esk.].
Iridopagurus dispar - Provenzano, 1961: 165, St John [coll. US national park, 1958-1961]. - Saint Laurent-Dechancé, 1966: 162, Barbados, Curaçao. - García-Gómez, 1983: 14, Barbados [Synonymy and distribution, type locality].
Comment: This is a species incertae sedis, according to García-Gómez (1983: 16), with type material apparently lost.

Comment(s) on data
García-Gómez, 1983: 16 - The type material of S. dispar has been apparently lost and it would appear that no one since has found specimens which agreed entirely with Stimpson's description. Stimpson's species has been sufficiently well defined to remain distinct, but its generic placement is still questionable. I believe that there is a second species that also has a reticulate color pattern on the chelipeds, that has been confounded with Stimpson's species (see I. reticulatus, n. sp.). A thorough search of the Barbados area for additional material would be worthwhile

References : PDF list, 214 pp (1.4 Mo)

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