Lysmata intermedia ( Kingsley, 1878 )

Pachelle, Paulo P. G., Carvalho, Leina, Alves, Douglas F. R. & Anker, Arthur, 2020, A revision of the Brazilian species of Lysmata Risso, 1816 (Decapoda: Caridea Lysmatidae), with discussion of the morphological characters used in their identification, Zootaxa 4789 (1), pp. 55-90: 65-68

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Lysmata intermedia ( Kingsley, 1878 )


Lysmata intermedia ( Kingsley, 1878) 

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Hippolysmata intermedia Kingsley, 1878: 90  .

Lysmata intermedia  — Christoffersen 1980: 225; Ramos-Porto et al. 1995: 108, figs. a–c; Christoffersen 1998: 351; Riul et al. 2008: 8; Pachelle et al. 2016: 16 View Cited Treatment , fig. 9.

(?) Lysmata  intermedia— Wicksten 2000: 3.

Lysmata cf. intermedia  — Almeida et al. 2007: 18 View Cited Treatment , figs. 5, 6; Almeida et al. 2012: 23 View Cited Treatment ; Santos et al. 2012: 156; Barros-Alves et al. 2015: 3, figs. 1D, 4; 2016: 2, fig. 1b.

Lysmata  jundalini— Terossi et al. 2018: 83 [not L. jundalini Rhyne, Calado & Santos, 2012  ].

Material examined. Panama: 1 non-ov. specimen (pocl 3.5 mm), MZUSP 38020View Materials  , Panamá, Caribbean coast, Bocas del Toro  , Isla Bastimentos, Playa Polo , in and under coral rocks, depth 1–2 m, coll. A. Anker et al., 29.iv.2015  . Venezuela: 1 non-ov. specimen (pocl 4.0 mm), MZUSP 31936View Materials  , Isla de Cubagua , collector N. Castro, x.2002  . Brazil: 1 nonov. specimen (pocl 4.0 mm), MZUSP 33034View Materials, Ceará, Paracuru, Praia da Pedra Rachada , 03º23’55’’S 39º00’48’’W, rocky intertidal, coll. P. Pachelle, 04.vii.2012GoogleMaps  ; 1 non-ov. specimen (pocl 5.9 mm), MZUSP 29792View Materials, Rio Grande do Norte, Praia de Baixa Grande , 4º55’45’’S 37º05’06’’W, rocky intertidal, coll. P. Pachelle, 23.vii.2013GoogleMaps  ; 1 non-ov. specimen (cl 3.2 mm), MZUSP 40186View Materials, Alagoas, Marechal Deodoro, Praia do Francês , 09º46’08’’S 35º50’15’’W, coll. D.F. R. Alves, 20.iv.2016GoogleMaps  ; 2 non-ov. specimens (pocl 3.0, 4.0 mm), MZUSP 37512View Materials, Sergipe, Aracaju, Orla do Mosqueteiro , coll. D.F. R. Alves, viii.2015  ; 1 ov. specimen (pocl 4.6 mm), 1 non-ov. specimen (pocl 4.0 mm), MZUSP 32136View Materials, Bahia, Boipeba, Tassimirim, coll. M. Tavares, 15.viii.2011  ; 10 non-ov. specimens (pocl 6.5– 3.5 mm), MZUSP 37881View Materials, Bahia, Boipeba , Bainema, coll. M. Tavares et al., 17–31.i.2015  ; 2 ov. specimens (pocl 4.4, 3.6 mm), MZUSP 21800View Materials, Espírito Santo, off Anchieta , 20º51’79’’S 40º28’42’’W, collector unknown, 29.x.2008  ; 1 non-ov. specimen (pocl 4.2 mm), MZUSP 22310View Materials, Rio de Janeiro, Cabo Frio, Armação de Buzios , coll. J. Fernandes, 19.i.1978  ; 1 non-ov. specimen (pocl 3.8 mm), MZUSP 32286View Materials, São Paulo, Ubatuba, Enseada de Ubatuba , collector unknown, 20.iii.1996  ; 1 non-ov. specimen (pocl 5.8 mm), MZUSP 32642View Materials, São Paulo, Ubatuba , Ilhote das Couves, coll. D.F. R. Alves, vi.2013  .

First record for Brazil. Espírito Santo and Rio de Janeiro ( Christoffersen 1980)  .

Distribution. Western Atlantic: USA (Florida Keys), Caribbean Sea (e.g., Trinidad & Tobago, Curaçao) and Brazil (Ceará, Rio Grande do Norte, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Alagoas, Sergipe, Bahia, Espírito Santo, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo) ( Christoffersen 1980; Ramos-Porto et al. 1995; Almeida et al. 2007, 2012; Riul et al. 2008; Barros-Alves et al. 2015, 2016; Pachelle et al. 2016; present study) ( Fig. 16View FIGURE 16).

Ecology. On hard and mixed sand-rocky bottoms, under rocks, coral rubble, etc., depth range 1–22 m ( Chace 1972; d’Udekem d’Acoz 2000).

Remarks. Lysmata intermedia  appears to be one of the most common and widely distributed species of the genus in Brazil in the rocky intertidal. Christoffersen (1980) was the first to report the species from Brazil based on material from Espírito Santo and Rio de Janeiro. According to Christoffersen (1980) ’s detailed description of L. intermedia  , the material from Brazil agrees well with the diagnostic characters of the species, including the number of post-rostral teeth, the presence of a pterygostomial tooth, the accessory ramus of the antennule with three or four free articles and the second pereopod carpus with 25–28 subdivisions. Ramos-Porto et al. (1995) also listed the species from Pernambuco, reporting individuals with 23–26 subdivisions on the second pereopod carpus. Subsequently, a number of studies reported the species as L. cf. intermedia  , mainly due to some differences in the number of subdivisions of the second pereopod carpus between the Brazilian material and the material from southern Florida, the type locality, as redescribed by d’Udekem d’Acoz (2000) ( Almeida et al. 2007; 2012; Santos et al. 2012; Barros- Alves et al. 2015, 2016). Pachelle et al. (2016) reported L. intermedia  from Ceará, but did not mention the number of subdivisions on the second pereopod carpus of their specimens. However, a re-examination of one specimen (MZUSP 33034) listed in Pachelle et al. (2016), revealed that it has 23 subdivisions on the second pereopod carpus on both sides. Thus, at least some specimens from Pernambuco and Ceará seem to have fewer subdivisions (23–26) in the second pereopod carpus than the topotypical specimens from Florida (25–31, typically 28–30, d’Udekem d’Acoz 2000) and Christoffersen’s (1980) specimens from Espírito Santo and Rio de Janeiro (25–28) (see also Table 1 and discussion of the diagnostic characters of Lysmata  below).

A specimen from Rio Grande do Norte (MZUSP 29792) presented a stout spiniform seta on the first pereopod merus, on the ride side ( Fig. 7EView FIGURE 7); however, because this spiniform seta was present only on the right appendage, it seems to be an atypical condition.

The colour pattern of the Brazilian and Caribbean specimens appears to be nearly identical (cf. Rhyne et al. 2012: fig. 5; Barros-Alves et al. 2015: fig. 1D, 2016: fig. 1b; Pachelle et al. 2016: fig. 9).

Terossi et al. (2018) re-examined one specimen of Barros-Alves et al. (2016) ’s material of L. intermedia  from Ubatuba, São Paulo (MZUSP 32642) and reassigned it to L. jundalini  . According to these authors, the specimen from Ubatuba matches L. jundalini  because the lateral antennular flagellum has 23 articles in the fused portion, before its bifurcation with the accessory ramus (versus 9–17 in L. intermedia  , according to d’Udekem d’Acoz 2000). We re-examined this specimen and confirmed that the right lateral flagellum has indeed 23 subdivisions in the fused portion; however, some of these subdivisions are somewhat swollen, suggesting an abnormal development ( Fig. 6View FIGURE 6, white arrow; also note the difference in length between the left (normal) and right (abnormal) accessory ramus of the lateral antennular flagella). Unfortunately, the left lateral flagellum is broken near the base in the preserved specimen. Terossi et al. (2018) did not comment on the number of subdivisions in the second pereopod carpus of the Ubatuba specimen (23 according to Barros-Alves et al. 2016), but our study revealed that the specimen actually has 25 subdivisions on the right side and 27 on the left side, which is within the range of L. intermedia  . The colour photographs of the material reported by Barros-Alves et al. (2016) show neither a blue spot near the fourth pereopod coxa ( Fig. 6View FIGURE 6, black arrow) nor bright orange chromatophores on the dorsal surface of the third to fifth pereopods, which are diagnostic colour features of L. jundalini  ( Rhyne et al., 2012; see also Fig. 10View FIGURE 10). Based on these observations, the specimen from Ubatuba (MZUSP 32642) is here re-identified as L. intermedia  . However, the possible occurrence of L. jundalini  in Brazil is discussed below.

Manning & Chace (1990) listed Rio Grande do Norte in the distribution range of L. intermedia  , however, without providing more details or listing material or references. Christoffersen (1998) stated that “the presence of the species in Rio Grande do Norte has not been confirmed”. Thus, our material from Praia de Baixa Grande represents the first confirmed record of L. intermedia  in Rio Grande do Norte  .


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Lysmata intermedia ( Kingsley, 1878 )

Pachelle, Paulo P. G., Carvalho, Leina, Alves, Douglas F. R. & Anker, Arthur 2020

Hippolysmata intermedia

Kingsley, J. S. 1878: 90

Lysmata intermedia

Pachelle, P. P. G. & Anker, A. & Mendes, C. B. & Bezerra, L. E. A. 2016: 16
Riul, P. & Rodrigues, F. M. A. & Xavier-Filho, E. S. & Santos, R. G. & Leonel, R. M. V. & Christoffersen, M. L. 2008: 8
Christoffersen, M. L. 1998: 351
Ramos-Porto, M. & Carvalho, P. V. V. D. B. C. & Botter-Carvalho, M. L. 1995: 108
Christoffersen, M. L. 1980: 225

Lysmata cf. intermedia

Barros-Alves, S. P. & Alves, D. F. R. & Silva, S. L. R. & Guimaraes, C. R. P. & Hirose, G. L. 2015: 3
Almeida, A. O. & Boehs, G. & Araujo-Silva, C. L. & Bezerra, L. E. A. 2012: 23
Santos, P. S. & Soledade, G. O. & Almeida, A. O. 2012: 156
Almeida, A. O. & Guerrazzi, M. C. & Coelho, P. A. 2007: 18


Terossi, M. & Almeida, A. O. & Buranelli, R. C. & Castilho, A. L. & Costa, R. C. & Zara, F. J. & Mantelatto, F. L. 2018: 83