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


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.



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.


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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

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