Decapoda - Anomura - Paguridae - Iridopagurus

Iridopagurus iris (A. Milne-Edwards, 1880)

World Distribution
García-Gómez (1983, Bull. Mar. Sc.) - 64-713 m. Iridopagurus iris is known in the western Atlantic from the Gulf Stream, off northwest Little Bahama Bank south to North Bahama Islands, Puerto Rico, Saint Vincent in the Windward Islands, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, French Guiana, Venezuela, Colombia, off Southwest Cay in the southwestern Caribbean, and Islas Mujeres, off the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico … Grenada.
Melo (1999: 110) also northern Brazil.

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

Vertical range : Shallow to deep-waters (e.g. 10-190 m) - Min-Max observed: 64-713 m

Lesser Antilles data
Distribution: western Atlantic from Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Yucatan Peninsula, Colombia, Venezuela, French Guiana (García-Gómez, 1983). Lesser Antilles, ICA (?Guadeloupe, St Vincent, Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad, Tobago). 64-713 m. WA.
Spiropagurus iris A. Milne-Edwards, 1880a: 44, Barbados [R/V Blake, 73-140 brasses]. - A. Milne-Edwards & Bouvier, 1893: 112, Barbados, Grenada [(in part see García-Gómez, 1983, not pl. 8, fig. 14-25), R/V Blake, st. 290, 73 brasses, Barbados, st. 253, 92 brasses, Grenada].
Iridopagurus iris - Saint Laurent-Dechancé, 1966: 159, Barbados [R/V Blake; new genus Iridopagurus]. - García-Gómez, 1983: 16, St Vincent, Barbados, Grenada, Tobago, Trinidad [Synonymy and distribution, tab. 1, R/V Pillsbury st. 874, 156-201 m, 06/07/69, St Vincent, also st. 842, 848-49, Trinidad & Tobago, st. 650, 84-91 m, French Guiana, R/V Blake several stations, Barbados, Grenada].
Iridopagurus ?iris - Guadeloupe (first record?), Karubenthos II 2015, field det. J. Poupin, st. DW4647, 29 June 2015, 15°50.29'N, 61°26.24'W, 263-264 m, MNHN-IU-2013-19183.
Comment: the specimen from Guadeloupe (Karubenthos 2015) resembles Iridopagurus iris, already reported in Lesser Antilles at similar depths, for blue cornea of large diameter, shape of its left chela (cf. Saint Laurent-Dechancé, 1966: 162, 173), a distodorsal spine on merus of left cheliped (cf. Garcia-Gómez, 1983, key). However this last character is not clear on the photo and must be checked on the specimen for a positive identification.

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