Polar Biology

, Volume 28, Issue 8, pp 642–646 | Cite as

New record of Lithodidae (Crustacea Decapoda, Anomura) from the Antarctic (Bellingshausen Sea)

  • J. E. García Raso
  • M. E. Manjón-Cabeza
  • A. Ramos
  • I. Olaso
Original Paper

Abstract

During the Bentart-2003 Cruise, carried out during austral summer 2003 in the Bellingshausen Sea, three species of Lithodidae, Paralomis birsteini, Lithodes murrayi and Neolithodes capensis, were caught from 218 m to 1947 m. With these captures the presence of L. murrayi in Peter I Island is confirmed, the distribution area of N. capensis is greatly increased and the captures of N. capensis and P. birsteini represent the first lithodid record known from the Antarctic continental slope. Also, these records show large and discontinuous distributions, which illustrate that many distribution patterns of Antarctic species are more an artefact of limited studies than representing actual distribution.

Notes

Acknowledgements

This research is included within the Project REN2003-01881/ANT, titled “Estudio integrado de la biodiversidad bentónica del Mar de Bellinghausen y península Antártica (Antártica del Oeste) (Segunda campaña de muestreo a borde del B/O Hespérides)”, supported by the Spanish MCYT funds. The authors would like to thank Dr Liz Hoenson for the loan of a specimen of N. capensis from the South African Museum collections (ref. A12784), for the comparative study, as well as Dr S. Thatje, Dr G. Hempel and other anonymous reviewers for critically commenting on the manuscript.

References

  1. Anger K, Thatje S, Lovrich Calcagno JA (2003) Larval and early juvenile development of Paralomis granulosa reared at different temperatures: tolerance of cold and food limitation in lithodid crab from high latitudes. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 253:243–251Google Scholar
  2. Arana PM, Retamal MA (1999) Nueva distribución de Paralomis birsteini Macpherson 1988 en aguas antárticas (Anomura, Lithodidae, Litodinae). Invest Mar Valparaíso 27:101–110Google Scholar
  3. Arnaud PM, Miquel JC (1985) The trophic role of the stone crab, Lithodes murrayi, in the benthic ecosystem of the Crozet Islands. In: Siegfried WR, Condy PR, Laws RM (eds) Antarctic nutrient cycles and food webs. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, pp 381–388Google Scholar
  4. Birstein YA, Vinogradov LG (1967) Occurrence of Paralomis spectabilis Hansen (Crustacea, Decapoda, Anomura) in the Antarctic. Explorations of the fauna of the sea. IV (XII), Biol Res Soviet Ant Exp 3:390–398 (Israel Program for Scientific Translations)Google Scholar
  5. Birstein YA, Vinogradov LG (1972) Craboids (Decapoda Anomura Lithodidae) of the Atlantic sector of the Antarctica, South America and South Africa. Zool Zh 51:351–363Google Scholar
  6. Boschi EE, Gavio MA (2003) On the distribution of decapod crustaceans from Magellanic Zoogeographic province and the Antarctic region. In: Thatje S, Calcagno JA, Arntz WE (eds). Extended abstracts, interactions between the Magellan region and the Antarctic/Antartic Benthic Deep-Sea biodiversity (IBMANT/ANDEEP), Ushuaia, Argentina, pp 29–32Google Scholar
  7. Dell RK (1990) Antarctic Mollusca with special reference to the fauna of the Ross Sea. Bull Roy Soc NZ 27:1–311Google Scholar
  8. Gorny M (1999) On the biogeography and ecology of the Southern Ocean decapod fauna. Sci Mar 63(Supl 1):367–382Google Scholar
  9. Klages M, Gutt J, Starmans A, Bruns T (1995) Stone crabs close to the Antarctic Continent: Lithodes murrayi Henderson, 1888 (Crustacea; Decapoda; Anomura) off Peter I Island (68°51′S, 90°51′W). Polar Biol 15:73–75Google Scholar
  10. Koltum VM (1969) Porifera. In: Distribution of selected groups of marine invertebrate in Waters South of 35°S Latitude. Ant Map Folio Ser, Folio 11:13–14 (Am Geogr Soc)Google Scholar
  11. López-Abellán LJ, Balguerías E (1994) On the presence of Paralomis spinosissima and Paralomis formosa in catches taken during the Spanish survey Antártida 8611. CCAMLR Sci 1:165–173Google Scholar
  12. Macpherson E (1984) Crustáceos decápodos del banco Valdivia. Res Exp Cient 12:38–105Google Scholar
  13. Macpherson E (1988) Revision of the family Lithodidae Samouelle, 1819 (Crustacea, Decapoda, Anomura) in the Atlantic Ocean. Monogr Zool Mar 2:9–153Google Scholar
  14. Macpherson E (2004) New species and occurrences of lithodid crabs (Crustacea:Decapoda:Lithodidae) from the Crozet and Kerguelen Islands area (Subantartica). Polar Biol 27:418–422CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. Ramos A, Moya F (2003) Informe de la Campaña BENTART-2003. Inf Int Inst Esp Oceanogr, Malaga, pp 1–189Google Scholar
  16. Stebbing TRR (1914) Talk-eyed Crustacea Malacostraca of the Scottish national Antarctic Expedition. Trans Roy Soc Edinb vol L part II (9)35–307Google Scholar
  17. Thatje S (2004) Reproductive trade-offs in benthic decapod crustaceans of high southern latitudes: tolerances of cold and food limitations. Ber Polar Meeresforch (Rep Polar Mar Res) 483:1–183Google Scholar
  18. Thatje S, Arntz WE (2004) Antarctic reptant decapods: more than a myth? Polar Biol 27:195–201CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. Thatje S, Fuentes V (2003) First record of anomuran and brachyuran larvae (Crustacea: Decapoda) from Antarctic waters. Polar Biol 26:279–282Google Scholar
  20. Thatje S, Lörz AN (2005) First record of lithodid crabs from Antarctic waters off the Balleny Islands. Polar Bio (in press)Google Scholar
  21. Thatje S, Schnack-Schiel S, Arntz WE (2003) Developmental trade-off in Subantarctic meroplankton communities and the enigma of the low decapod diversity in high southern latitudes. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 260:195–207Google Scholar
  22. Tiefenbacher L (1994) Decapode Crustaceen aus westantarktischen Gewässern gesammelt von der “John Biscoe”, Reise 11. Spixiana 17(1):13–19Google Scholar
  23. Vinuesa JH, Lovrich GA, Tapella F (1999) New localities for Crustacea Decapoda in the Magellan region, southern South America. Sci Mar 63(Supl 1):321–323Google Scholar
  24. Yaldwyn JC (1965) Antarctic and Subantarctic Decapod Crustacea. In: Van Oye P, Van Mieghem J (eds) Biogeography and Ecology in Antarctica. Monographiae Biologicae 15:324–332. The HagueGoogle Scholar
  25. Zaklan SD (2002) Review of the family Lithodidae (Crustacea: Anomura: Paguroidea): distribution, biology and fisheries. In: Paul AJ, Dawe EG, Elner R, Jamieson GS, Kruse GH, Otto RS, Saint-Marie B, Shhirley TC, Woodby D (eds) Crabs in cold waters regions: biology, management, and economics. University of Alaska Sea Grant College Program AK-SG-02-01, Fairbanks, pp 751–845Google Scholar
  26. Zarenkov NA (1968) Crustacea Decapoda collected in the Antarctic and Antoboreal regions by the Soviet Antarctic expeditions. In: Bykhovskii BE (ed) Rezul Biol Issled Sov Antark Exp 1955–1958, 4:153–199. LeningradGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. E. García Raso
    • 1
  • M. E. Manjón-Cabeza
    • 1
  • A. Ramos
    • 2
  • I. Olaso
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept Biología AnimalUniversidad de Málaga, Fac. CienciasMalagaSpain
  2. 2.Instituto Español de Oceanografía, Puerto Pesquero s/nFuengirolaSpain
  3. 3.Instituto Español de Oceanografía39080SantanderSpain

Personalised recommendations