New Records of Two Deep-Sea Crabs of the Family Lithodidae Samouelle, 1819 (Crustacea: Decapoda) in the Southwestern Atlantic

  • Flavio de Almeida Alves-JúniorEmail author
  • Julianna de Lemos Santana
  • Marina de Sá Leitão Câmara de Araûjo
  • Ana Maria Siqueira Quirino
  • Jesser F. Souza-Filho


Species in the family Lithodidae Samouelle, 1819 are benthic and occurring mostly on muddy substrates of continental and insular slopes in cold waters worldwide. The 28 lithodid species presently recorded from the Atlantic Ocean: seven species of Lithodes Latreille, 1806, five of Neolithodes A. Milne-Edwards and Bouvier, 1894 and 16 of Paralomis White, 1856. Four species are occuring off Brazil, Lithodes manningi Macpherson, 1988 and Lithodes confundens Macpherson, 1988 are the only two species of the genus reported from Brazilian waters, between the states of Bahia and Santa Catarina, while Neolithodes only has two species recorded from Brazil, Neolithodes agassizii (Smith, 1882) from Bahia to Rio de Janeiro, and N. aff. Asperrimus Barnard, 1947 from the state of Santa Catarina. Here we report Lithodes manningi Macpherson, 1988 and Neolithodes agassizii (Smith, 1882) from the Potiguar Basin off northeastern Brazil.


Deep-sea crab Anomura Potiguar Basin Northwestern Brazil Continental slope 



The first author would like to thank CAPES (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior) for the postgraduate scholarship in oceanography. The authors are also grateful to Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) for making the material used in this study available. The authors would like to thank Dr. Irene Azevedo Cardoso and Dr. Cristiana Silveira Serejo for the loan of comparative material for this study. The authors would, specially, like to thank Dr. Manuel J. Reigosa for his support and the anonymous reviewers for their precious comments on this paper.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Flavio de Almeida Alves-Júnior
    • 1
    Email author
  • Julianna de Lemos Santana
    • 1
  • Marina de Sá Leitão Câmara de Araûjo
    • 2
  • Ana Maria Siqueira Quirino
    • 1
  • Jesser F. Souza-Filho
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratório de Carcinologia, Museu de Oceanografia Professor Petrônio Alves Coelho (MOUFPE)Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE)RecifeBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento de Ciências Exatas e Naturais, Faculdade de Ciências, Educação e Tecnologia de GaranhunsUniversidade de Pernambuco (UPE)GaranhunsBrazil

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