Ceradocus circe Lowry & Springthorpe, 2005

Hughes, Lauren E., 2016, New genera, species and records of Maeridae from Australian Waters: Austromaera, Ceradocus, Glossomaera, Hamimaera, Huonella gen. nov., Linguimaera and Maeraceterus gen. nov. (Crustacea: Amphi, Zootaxa 4115 (1), pp. 1-81: 12-13

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Ceradocus circe Lowry & Springthorpe, 2005


Ceradocus circe Lowry & Springthorpe, 2005 

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Ceradocus rubromaculatus  .— Chilton, 1921: 71, fig. 9a–c.

Ceradocus circe Lowry & Springthorpe, 2005: 244  , figs 5–7.— Krapp-Schickel & Vader, 2009: 2061 –2065, (key).

Material examined. New South Wales, 2 specimens, AM P.77103, sewage pipeline  , Nelson Bay, Port Stephens (32°43′11″S 152°08′28″E), 8 m, sponges and rubble, 15 March 2006, coll. C. Arango ( NSWAbout NSW 3053View Materials)GoogleMaps  ; 7 specimens, AM P.36650, Murrumbulga Point , Twofold Bay (37°04′42″S 149°53′06″E), depth unknown, subtidal breakwater wall, 17 September 1985, coll. P.A. Hutchings and S.J. Keable (Q12)GoogleMaps  ; 6 specimens, AM P.78487 east of Bermagui (36°22′36″S 150°14′54″E), 123 m, benthic sled, 8 September 1994, coll. P.B. Berents, RV Southern SurveyorGoogleMaps  ; 1 male, AM P.18340, offshore between Botany and Wattamolla (34°4′ S 151°20′E), 91 m, October 1924, coll. C.W. MulveyGoogleMaps  ; 1 male, 13 mm, AM P.78417, Surgeons Reef , north of North West Solitary Island (30°00′27″S 153°16′13″E), 11.3 m, coral rubble and coarse shelly sediment, airlift on SCUBA, 30 April 2005, coll. R.T. Springthorpe ( NSWAbout NSW 2793View Materials).GoogleMaps 

Victoria. 1 male, AM P.18206, south-west of Point Hicks (37°55′S 149°E), 75 m, 20 June 1962, coll. CSIROAbout CSIRO Fisheries. 

Tasmania: 2 specimens, AM P.88449, Sheppards Point (42°52′S 147°19′E), depth and date unknown, coll. A. DaveyGoogleMaps  ; 5 specimens, AM P.83574, Bicheno (41°53′S 148°18′E), 30 m, bryozoans and macroalga Macrocystis  sp. holdfast, 8 May 1986, coll. R.H. Kuiter (Tas 26).GoogleMaps 

South Australia: 1 specimen, AM P.83573, off Catamaran , Recherche Bay (43°34′S 146°53′E), 4–5 m, October 1929, coll. M. Ward; no specimen count, AM P.2328, off Storm Bay (43°10′S 147°33′E), depth and date unknown, coll. FIS, Endeavour (1909–1914).GoogleMaps 

Type locality. 16 kms north of Circular Head , Tasmania (40°46′S 145°18′E).GoogleMaps 

Remarks. Material examined here extends the distribution of C. circe  north, from Tasmania to the Australian mainland in South Australia and New South Wales.

Ceradocus circe Lowry & Springthorpe, 2005  has the same dominant gnathopod 2 palm sculpting as C. chiltoni Sheard, 1939  and C. chevreuxi Sheard, 1939  , the presence of two pair of lateral setae on the telson  distinguishes C. chiltoni  , however C. circe  and C. chevreuxi  have little character variation. Material of these species are widely distributed ( Sheard, 1939), C. chiltoni  is known from New Zealand (Auckland, Akaroa and Great Barrier Island), C. chevreuxi  from Gambier and Tuamotu Archipelago (Serat, 1904),? Fiji, Marshall Islands, British Solomon Islands, and Philippines ( Schellenberg 1938), while C. circe  has been recorded from temperate Australian waters. Further study of these collections is required to better understand this morphologically close group.

Distribution. Australia. New South Wales: North West Solitary Island, Port Stephens, Bermagui (current study). Tasmania: Circular Head; eastern slope of Bass Strait; Sheppards Point; Bicheno; Recherche Bay ( Chilton 1921; Lowry & Springthorpe 2005; current study).


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Ceradocus circe Lowry & Springthorpe, 2005

Hughes, Lauren E. 2016


Ceradocus circe

Krapp-Schickel 2009: 2061Lowry 2005: 244


Ceradocus rubromaculatus

Chilton 1921: 71