Galathea spinimanus Borradaile, 1900

Macpherson, Enrique & Robainas-Barcia, Aymee, 2015, Species of the genus Galathea Fabricius, 1793 (Crustacea, Decapoda, Galatheidae) from the Indian and Pacific Oceans, with descriptions of 92 new species, Zootaxa 3913 (1), pp. 1-335: 288-289

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http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3913.1.1

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scientific name

Galathea spinimanus Borradaile, 1900
status

 

Galathea spinimanus Borradaile, 1900 

Galathea spinimanus Borradaile, 1900: 421  , pl. 39, figs 16 a (Lifou, Loyalty Islands).—Baba et al., 2008: 77 (compilation).

Remarks. This species was originally described by Borradaile (1910) on the basis of one male and two females collected in Lifou, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia. The illustration given by Borradaile includes the carapace and the abdomen only, and the description is very short. No additional specimens were collected since the original description. Unfortunately, in spite of the extensive sampling carried out in Lifou Island we have not found any specimens that match the original description of G. spinimanus  . In the present study we have found more than 20 species of Galathea  from that Island, although only one species, G. maculiabdominalis Baba, 1972  , is close to G. spinimanus  . These two species can be easily distinguished by the structure of the mesogastric ridge. This ridge is uninterrupted laterally in G. spinimanus  and interrupted laterally in G. maculiabdominalis  . Therefore, we consider for the time being that G. spinimanus  and G. maculiabdominalis  are distinct. Nevertheless, additional samples referable to G. spinimanus  would be necessary to fully assess the specific identity of that taxon.

Galathea spinimanus  is also similar to G. celiae  n. sp. and G. latirostris Dana, 1852  (differentiating characters are discussed under Remarks of these latter species).

Distribution. Lifou Island, Loyalty Islands.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Malacostraca

Order

Decapoda

Family

Galatheidae

Genus

Galathea

Loc

Galathea spinimanus Borradaile, 1900

Macpherson, Enrique & Robainas-Barcia, Aymee 2015
2015
Loc

Galathea spinimanus

Borradaile 1900: 421