Galathea boisselierae , Macpherson, Enrique & Robainas-Barcia, Aymee, 2015

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: 60-63

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

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Galathea boisselierae
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n.sp.

Galathea boisselierae  n.sp.

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Galathea ternatensis  .— Dong & Li, 2010: 21 View Cited Treatment , fig. 13 (South China Sea, 21–92 m).

Material examined. Holotype: New Caledonia. Ouen Island, Stn 63, 22° 26 'S, 166 ° 26.3 'E, 20 m, August 1984: 1 M 4.6 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13673).

Paratypes: Indonesia. Makassar Strait, CORINDON, Stn CH 260, 1° 56.9 'S, 119 ° 17.6 'E, 15–50 m, 6 November 1980: 3 M 2.1–4.2 mm, 1 ov. F 3.5 mm, 2 F 4.9 –5.0 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13783); 1 ov. F 4.3 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13936); 1 M 2.8 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13937).

Philippines. MUSORSTOM 3, Stn CP121, 12°08'N, 121 ° 17 ’E, 73–84 m, 3 June 1985: 1 F 3.6 mm (MNHN- IU- 2013-13721).

New Caledonia. MUSORSTOM 4, Stn CC146, 19° 53.40 ’S, 163 ° 47.10 ’E, 33 m, 13 September 1985: 6 M 3.0– 3.6 mm, 6 ov. F 3.0– 4.7 mm, 8 F 2.7–3.5 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13712).—Stn DW149, 19°07.60’S, 163 ° 22.7 ’E, 165 m, 14 September 1985: 1 juv. 1.4 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13722).—Stn 189, 19°07.50’S, 163 °29.00’E, 215 m, 19 September 1985: 1 ov. F 4.4 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13716).—Stn DW203, 22° 35.80 ’S, 167 °04.80’E, 105–110 m, 27 September 1985: 1 ov. F 3.0 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13713). New Caledonia. 30 m, 13 September 1978: 2 M 2.5–3.4 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13774).—Stn 1, 22° 18 'S, 166 ° 24.6 'E, 22 m, 22 May 1984: 6 M 2.9–4.5 mm, 1 ov. F 3.8 mm, 2 F 4.0– 5.6 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13785).—Stn 260, 22° 17 'S, 166 ° 24 'E, 23 m, November 1984: 1 M 3.2 mm, 1 ov. F 3.3 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13709).—Stn 82, 22° 31.1 'S, 166 ° 28.5 'S, 10.5 m, 14 November 1995: 7 M 2.3 –4.0 mm, 7 ov. F 3.6 –4.0 mm, 1 F 4.9 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13728). Croissant Reef, 20 m, 18–24 April 1994: 1 ov. F 2.7 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13781); 3 M 3.4–3.8 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13782); 1 ov. F 2.7 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13780). East Lagon, Stn 597, 22° 20.3 'S, 167 °03.7'E, 50–70 m, August 1986: 1 M 3.4 mm, 1 ov. F 3.1 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13762).—Stn 697, 21° 27.6 'S, 166 ° 10 'E, 35–36 m, 10 August 1986: 1 M 2.7 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13743).—Stn 738, 22°09.8'S, 167 °00.2'E, 59–61 m, 12 August 1986: 1 M 3.3 mm, 1 ov. F 3.8 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13764).—Stn 741, 22° 14.8 'S, 167 °02.8'E, 77–80 m, August 1986: 1 F 3.3 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13759). Lagon, 4 September 1978: 5 M 2.7–5.3 mm, 2 ov. F 3.8 –6.0 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013- 13678).— 14 September 1978: 1 M 3.4 mm, 1 ov. F 3.7 mm, 1 F 4.0 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13679).— 4 October 1978: 3 M 2.2–4.6 mm, 7 ov. F 1.9–4.2 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13775).—Stn 7, 22° 24 'S, 166 ° 19.7 'E, 14 m, 21 May 1984: 1 M 4.2 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13731).—Stn 187, 22°02.8'S, 166 °01.7'E, 13 m, 19 September 1984: 1 M 3.5 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13742).—Stn 253, 22° 22.1 'S, 166 ° 22.9 'E, 16 m, November 1984: 1 F 2.9 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13732).—Stn 336, 22° 41.5 'S, 166 ° 51.4 'E, 26 m, 28 November 1984: 2 M 2.5–3.6 mm, 5 ov. F 3.1 –-4.0 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13778). Aquarium Noumea, 4 September 1978: 1 M 3.1 mm, 2 ov. F 3.4–3.6 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13772); 1 ov. F 3.9 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13676); 1 ov. F 4.2 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13677); 3 M 3.0– 3.5 mm, 7 ov. F 2.8–3.6 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13784). North Lagon, Stn 489, 18° 51.3 'S, 163 ° 28.8 'E, 43 m, February 1985: 1 M 3.9 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13749).—Stn DW1067, 19° 55.8 'S, 163 ° 52.8 'E, 28 m, October-November 1989: 1 M 3.6 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13710).—Stn DW1068, 19° 57.3 'S, 163 ° 52.8 'E, 26 m, October 1989: 5 M 3.0– 5.1 mm, 4 ov. F 3.1–4.4 mm, 1 F 2.8 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13753).—Stn DW1069, 19° 59.1 'S, 163 ° 52.5 'E, 30 m, 23 October 1989: 2 M 3.8–4.8 mm, 2 ov. F 3.9 –4.0 mm, 1 F 4.1 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13734).—Stn DW1097, 19° 51.7 'S, 163 ° 42.5 'E, 34 m, October 1989: 1 M 4.9 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13755).—Stn DW1116, 19° 37.3 'S, 163 ° 53.6 'E, 38 m, October 1989: 1 M 4.0 mm, 2 F 4.3–4.8 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13675); 1 F 4.5 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13674).—Stn DW1173, 19° 18 'S, 163 ° 16.2 'E, 64 m, 31 October 1989: 1 M 3.6 mm, 1 ov. F 4.0 mm (MNHN- IU- 2013-13758).—Stn DW1214, 19° 49.9 'S, 163 ° 36.6 'E, 29 m, 3 November 1989: 1 M 3.5 mm, 1 F 4.8 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13746).—Stn DW1215, 19° 48 'S, 163 ° 40 'E, 26 m, 3 November 1989: 1 M 3.8 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13760). Maitre Island, 25 m, 5 September 1978: 41 M 2.0– 4.4 mm, 44 ov. F 1.9–4.2 mm, 4 F 1.9–2.2 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13725).— 25 m, 19 September 1978: 4 M 4.2–5.1 mm, 11 ov. F 3.1–4.4 mm, 2 F 2.0– 3.6 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13771).— 22 m, 3 October 1978: 1 M 3.1 mm, 1 ov. F 3.2 mm, 2 F 3.3–4.5 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13726).— 20 m, June 1992: 7 M 3.2–4.8 mm, 1 ov. F 2.9 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13730); 1 ov. F 4.8 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13957); 1 M 3.7 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13958).—Stn 99, 22° 19.61 'S, 166 ° 24.07 'E, 10.5 m, 14 November 1995: 4 M 2.7–4.1 mm, 5 ov. F 3.3–4.2 mm, 1 F 4.2 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13729). Noumea, no depth, 14 September 1978: 1 M 3.8 mm, 1 ov. F 4.1 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13773).—Stn 2, 22° 19.3 'S, 166 ° 23.5 'E, 14 m, 1 May 1984: 1 ov. F 4.2 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13714).—Stn 12, 22° 16.8 'S, 166 ° 23 'E, 23 m, 1 May 1984: 1 M 3.3 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13733).—Stn 13, 22° 19.6 'S, 166 ° 26.1 'E, 20 m, 1 May 1984: 1 M 5.0 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013- 13763).—Stn 54, 22° 12.9 'S, 166 ° 15.4 'E, 25 m, 1 May 1984: 1 M 3.1 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13745).—Stn 56, 22° 10 'S, 166 ° 15 'E, 11 m, 1 May 1984: 1 M 3.4 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13707).—Stn 59, 22° 10.7 'S, 166 ° 11.8 'E, 21 m, 1 May 1984: 1 M 2.8 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-9876).—Stn 267, 22° 21.5 'S, 166 ° 14.9 'E, 70 m, November 1984: 1 ov. F 3.0 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13720).— 22 ° 23.7 'S, 166 ° 24 'E, 10 m, November 1984: 1 M 4.2 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13738). Nouville, 18–20 m, 1 April 1993: 16 M 2.4 –5.0 mm, 24 ov. F 2.8–3.8 mm, 15 F 2.0– 4.1 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13724). NW Lagoon, Stn DW948, 20° 32.2 'S, 164 °08.8'E, 16 m, 28 April 1988: 1 ov. F 4.0 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13686).—Stn DW1008, 20° 11 'S, 163 ° 53.4 'E, 27 m, April 1988: 1 M 4.5 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013- 13752). SW Lagon, 22 ° 19.41 'S, 166 ° 20.89 'E, 20 m, 9 November 1995: 1 ov. F 3.0 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13779). Ouen Island, Stn 103, 22° 27.8 'S, 166 ° 38.6 'E, 25 m, August 1984: 2 M 2.8 –3.0 mm, 5 ov. F 2.7–3.9 mm (MNHN- IU- 2013-9877).—Stn 110 bis, 22 ° 23.8 'S, 166 ° 47 'E, 49 m, August 1984: 1 ov. F 5.0 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013- 13711).—Stn 112, 22° 23 'S, 166 ° 48 'E, 42 m, August 1984: 1 F 4.2 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13685).—Stn 123, 22° 29.8 'S, 166 ° 39.8 'E, 21 m, August 1984: 1 M 3.0 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13769).—Stn 127, 22° 30.6 'S, 166 ° 45.9 'E, 55 m, August 1984: 1 ov. F 5.3 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13744).—Stn 129, 22° 30.5 'S, 166 ° 47.2 'E, 45–55 m, August 1984: 1 M 5.4 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13737).—Stn 133, 22° 24 'S, 166 ° 52.3 'E, 59–62 m, August 1984: 1 ov. F 4.0 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13754).—Stn 156, 22° 32.9 'S, 166 ° 37 'E, 21 m, August 1984: 4 M 3.1–5.5 mm, 3 ov. F 4.0– 4.2 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13765).—Stn 158, 22° 36.1 'S, 166 ° 34.4 'E, 22 m, August 1984: 1 M 3.9 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13768).—Stn 159, 22° 37.6 'S, 166 ° 35.9 'E, 17 m, August 1984: 1 ov. F 5.4 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13717).—Stn 225, 22° 35.9 'S, 166 °40.0'E, 15 m, October 1984: 2 M 3.0- 3.8 mm, 4 ov. F 4.0– 4.6 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13719).—Stn 230, 22° 36 'S, 166 ° 42 'E, 35 m, October 1984: 3 M 4.4-5.7 mm, 1 ov. F 5.5 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13702).—Stn 234 b, 22 ° 32.5 'S, 166 ° 51.1 'E, 56 m, October 1984: 2 F 4.2–4.4 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13741).—Stn 240, 22° 22.6 'S, 166 ° 59 'E, 42 m, October 1984: 3 M 3.6–4.7 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013- 13751).—Stn 247, 22° 24 'S, 166 ° 50.9 'E, 43 m, October 1984: 1 M 4.3 mm, 1 ov. F 4.4 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013- 13756).—Stn 63, 22° 26 'S, 166 ° 26.3 'E, 20 m, August 1984: 5 M 2.6-4.7 mm, 1 F 2.1 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013- 13723).—Stn 64, 22° 27.6 'S, 166 ° 24.9 'E, 15 m, August 1984: 1 ov. F 4.4 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13718).—Stn 67, 22° 25.9 'S, 166 ° 28.8 'E, 21 m, August 1984: 1 M 3.6 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13715).—Stn 77, 22° 25.9 'S, 166 ° 31.8 'E, 22 m, August 1984: 1 ov. F 2.8 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13770).—Stn 92, 22° 26.6 'S, 166 ° 36.9 'E, 24 m, August 1984: 2 M 2.7–4.4 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13747). Passe Sarcelle, 35–40 m, no date: 1 M 4.1 mm, 1 ov. F 4.2 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13776). Sant Vincent Bay, Stn 165, 22°09'S, 166 ° 10 'E, 21 m, September 1984: 2 ov. F 3.1–3.2 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13706). South Goelands Island, 11 m, 23 March 2000: 2 M 2.5–3.6 mm, 1 ov. F 3.4 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13777). South Reef, Stn 291, 22° 38.4 'S, 166 ° 43.7 'E, 31 m, November 1984: 6 M 3.0– 3.4 mm, 13 ov. F 3.0– 3.8 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13727).—Stn 297, 22° 38.9 'S, 116 ° 45.6 'E, 30 m, November 1984: 2 M 3.3–3.8 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13761).—Stn 300, 22° 34 'S, 166 ° 50 'E, 21 m, November 1984: 1 M 3.2 mm, 2 ov. F 4.1–4.6 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13696).—Stn 301, 22° 35 'S, 166 ° 52 'E, 46 m, November 1984: 4 M 3.2–4.9 mm, 4 ov. F 3.1–4.8 mm, 3 F 2.6–4.1 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13684).—Stn 305, 22° 41.5 'S, 166 ° 46.3 'E, 26 m, November 1984: 1 M 3.9 mm, 2 ov. F 3.8–3.9 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13766).—Stn 310, 22° 45.5 'S, 166 ° 45.8 'E, 31 m, November 1984: 1 ov. F 3.4 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13750).—Stn 312, 22° 41.9 'S, 166 ° 48.8 'E, 26 m, November 1984: 1 M 3.2 mm, 1 ov. F 3.1 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13757).—Stn 316, 22° 35 'S, 166 ° 54 'E, 68 m, November 1984: 3 M 2.4–4.3 mm, 8 ov. F 2.9–4.5 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13680).—Stn 317, 22° 33 'S, 166 ° 53 'E, 66 m, November 1984: 2 ov. F 3.1–3.5 mm, 1 F 3.0 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13692).—Stn 327, 22° 26 'S, 167 °04'E, 60 m, November 1984: 7 M 3.0– 4.4 mm, 3 ov. F 2.8–3.5 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13682).—Stn 328, 22° 28 'S, 167 °03'E, 72 m, November 1984: 1 M 3.9 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13700).—Stn 330, 22° 31 'S, 167 °00'E, 82 m, November 1984: 2 M 3.3–3.5 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13687).—Stn 335, 22° 40 'S, 166 ° 53 'E, 47 m, November 1984: 2 ov. F 2.7–3.5 mm, 1 F 3.0 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13681).—Stn 345, 22° 45 'S, 166 ° 52 'E, 39 m, November 1984: 1 ov. F 3.8 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13695).—Stn 347, 22° 43.3 'S, 166 ° 53.3 'E, 46 m, November 1984: 1 M 3.5 mm, 1 ov. F 3.4 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13739).—Stn 348, 22° 42 'S, 166 ° 54 'E, 45 m, November 1984: 3 M 3.5–4.6 mm, 2 ov. F 3.3–3.4 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13691).—Stn 350, 22° 38 'S, 166 ° 57 'E, 67 m, November 1984: 3 M 2.9–4.2 mm, 1 ov. F 4.7 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13693).—Stn 356, 22° 29 'S, 167 °05'E, 78 m, November 1984: 1 M 3.2 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13701).—Stn 357, 22° 31 'S, 167 °05'E, 77 m, November 1984: 1 ov. F 2.8 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013- 13748).—Stn 359, 22° 33 'S, 167 °04'E, 74 m, November 1984: 1 ov. F 3.3 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13704).—Stn 367, 22° 37 'S, 167 °04'E, 105 m, November 1984: 1 M 3.9 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13690).—Stn 373, 22° 28 'S, 167 ° 11 'E, 52-57 m, 21 January 1985: 1 ov. F 3.8 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13689).—Stn 374, 22° 30.2 'S, 167 °08.9'E, 70–72 m, 21 January 1985: 1 M 2.9 mm, 1 ov. F 3.2 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13735).—Stn 389, 22° 43 'S, 167 °05'E, 274 m, 22 January 1985: 1 M 3.1 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13688).—Stn 398, 22° 37 'S, 167 ° 11.8 'E, 71 m, January 1985: 1 M 3.4 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13736).—Stn 403, 22° 34.5 'S, 167 ° 17.5 'E, 45 m, January 1985: 1 ov. F 4.0 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13740).—Stn 405, 22° 38 'S, 167 ° 20 'E, 27 m, 23 January 1985: 1 M 4.5 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13697).—Stn 413, 22° 38.9 'S, 167 ° 16.6 'E, 40-60 m, January 1985: 1 M 2.9 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13767).—Stn 414, 22° 37 'S, 167 ° 16 'E, 60 m, 24 January 1985: 1 M 3.7 mm, 2 ov. F 3.8–4.5 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13698).—Stn 464, 18° 21 'S, 163 °03.1'E, 44 m, February 1985: 1 M 4.0 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13705).—Stn 556, 22° 48 'S, 166 ° 52 'E, 30 m, 16 July 1985: 1 M 3.5 mm, 1 ov. F 4.1 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13694).—Stn 564, 22° 47 'S, 166 ° 56 'E, 35 m, 16 July 1985: 3 M 4.5–4.6 mm, 4 ov. F 3.5–3.8 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13683).—Stn 569, 22° 49 'S, 166 ° 59 'E, 62 m, 17 July 1985: 1 M 2.8 mm, 2 ov. F 3.2–3.3 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13703).—Stn 572, 22° 52 'S, 167 °00'E, 65 m, 17 July 1985: 4 ov. F 4.0– 4.2 mm (MNHN-IU- 2013-13708).

Etymology. This species is dedicated to Marie-Catherine Boisselier of the Muséum nationale d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, for her support of crustacean research.

Description. Carapace: As broad as long; transverse ridges with dense short setae, and a few scattered moderately long non-plumose setae; cervical groove distinct, laterally bifurcated into anterior and posterior parts. Gastric region with 6 transverse ridges: 1 epigastric ridge unarmed, uninterrupted, and medially convex; 2 protogastric ridges, anterior one usually uninterrupted, unarmed or with parahepatic spine on each side, posterior ridge median, short and arcuate; 1 mesogastric ridge uninterrupted, not extending laterally to base of anteriormost branchial marginal spines; 2 metagastric ridges uninterrupted, not continuing laterally to anterior branchial ridges, posterior ridge scale-like. Hepatic spine present (minute in some small individuals). Anterior branchial region with distinct ridges. Mid-transverse ridge uninterrupted, preceded by cervical groove. Posterior branchial region with 5 transverse ridges, 2 of them uninterrupted. Lateral margins moderately convex medially, with 7 spines: 2 spines in front of, and 5 spines behind, anterior cervical groove; first (anterolateral) spine moderately small, located at same level of lateral limit of orbit, second spine small, at midlength between anterolateral spine and anteriormost spine of branchial margin, with additional spine ventral to between first and second; 2 spines on anterior branchial margin, posteriro spine smaller than anterior spine, and 4 spines on posterior branchial margin. External limit of orbit with spine; infraorbital margin with strong spine. Rostrum 1.7–1.8 times as long as broad, length 0.6 of postorbital carapace length and breadth 0.3 of carapace breadth; distance between distalmost lateral incisions 0.35 distance between proximalmost lateral incisions; dorsal surface nearly horizontal in lateral view, with numerous small scale-like setose ridges; lateral margin with 4 deeply incised teeth.

Pterygostomian flap rugose, unarmed, ridges with short setae, anterior margin acutely pointed.

Sternum: As long as broad, lateral extremities gently divergent posteriorly.

Abdomen: Somites 2–4 each with 2 uninterrupted transverse ridges on tergite; somites 5 and 6 each with 2 medially interrupted ridges, posteromedian margin of somite 6 straight. Males with G 1 and G 2.

Eyes: Ocular peduncles 1.6 times longer than broad, maximum corneal diameter 0.7 rostrum width.

Antennule: Article 1 with 3 well-developed distal spines, distodorsal larger. Ultimate article with a few short fine setae not in tuft on distodorsal margin.

Antenna: Article 1 with ventral distomesial spine exceeding distal margin of article 2. Article 2 with 2 distal spines, distolateral spine longer than distomesial and reaching midlength of article 3. Articles 3 and 4 unarmed.

Mxp 3: Ischium with flexor margins ending in small spine, extensor margin ending in acute angle; crista dentata with 20 or 21 denticles. Merus shorter than ischium; flexor margin with 2 spines, proximal spine slightly longer than distal; extensor margin ending in acute point. Carpus unarmed.

P 1: 3.0– 3.5 times carapace length, with numerous setiferous scales, and some scattered long non-plumose setae. Merus 1.2 times carapace length, 1.6 times as long as carpus, with some spines, dorsomesial and distal spines stronger than others. Carpus 0.8 length of palm, 1.5 times as long as broad; dorsal surface with some small spines; mesial margin with row of spines, distal second spine stronger than others. Palm 1.6 times longer than broad; small spines arranged in dorsal, dorsolateral and dorsomesial rows. Fingers 0.7 times palm length, each finger with 2 rows of teeth distally spooned; fingers unarmed.

P 2–4: long and slender, with some setose striae and sparse long plumose and non-plumose setae. P 2 1.9–2.1 times carapace length. Meri successively shorter posteriorly (P 3 merus 0.9 length of P 2 merus, P 4 merus 0.8 length of P 3 merus); P 2 merus 0.6–0.8 times carapace length, 4.0– 4.5 times as long as broad, 1.5 times longer than P 2 propodus; P 3 merus 3.5 times as long as broad, 1.5 times longer than P 3 propodus; P 4 merus 2.9–3.1 times as long as broad, as long as P 4 propodus; extensor margins each with row of 8 or 9 proximally diminishing spines in P 2–3, 0–1 spines in P 4; ventral margins distally ending in strong spine, and 1 or 2 additional distal spines, lateral sides with 1 or 2 spines on P 4 only. Carpi each with 2–4 spines on extensor margin in P 2–3, unarmed in P 4; lateral surfaces each with 3 or 4 small spines or granules sub-paralleling extensor margin; flexor distal margins acute. Propodi 3.4–4.2 times as long as broad; extensor margins unarmed; flexor margins each with 4–6 slender movable spines, terminal 2 paired with another smaller spine mesial to it. Dactyli distally ending in noticeably curved strong spine, 0.5–0.6 times as long as propodi; flexor margins each with 5 or 6 proximally diminishing teeth, terminal one prominent.

Epipods present only on P 1.

Remarks. Galathea boisselierae  n. sp. is very close to G. patriciae  n. sp. from Wallis and Futuna and G. providentia Laurie, 1926  from the SW Indian Ocean and Western Pacific, from the Philippines, to New Caledonia, and Fiji (see differences among the three species under Remarks of G. providentia  ). The specimens from the South China Sea and illustrated by Dong & Li (2010) agree quite well with the present new species. However, further studies should confirm the identity of this material.

Distribution. Philippines, Indonesia (Makassar Strait), New Caledonia, 10–215 m, on sponges, on Acropora  spp., eunicid polychaete tubes, and crinoids.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Malacostraca

Order

Decapoda

Family

Galatheidae

Genus

Galathea

Loc

Galathea boisselierae

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

Galathea ternatensis

Dong 2010: 21
2010