Pylocheles (Bathycheles) cubensis Ortiz & Gómez, 1986, Ortiz & Gomez, 1986

Mclaughlin, Patsy A., Lemaitre, Rafael & Ortiz, Manuel, 2007, Redescription of Pylocheles (Bathycheles) cubensis Ortiz & Gómez, 1986, the senior synonym of Pylocheles (B.) chacei Forest, 1987 (Decapoda, Anomura, Paguroidea, Pylochelidae), Zootaxa 1406, pp. 41-46: 42-45

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Pylocheles (Bathycheles) cubensis Ortiz & Gómez, 1986


Pylocheles (Bathycheles) cubensis Ortiz & Gómez, 1986   ( Fig. 1 View FIGURE 1 )

Pylocheles cubensis Ortiz & Gómez, 1986: 31   , figs. 1–9.

Pylocheles (Bathycheles) chacei Forest, 1987: 66   , fig. 17 a –d.

Type material. Holotype male of Pylocheles cubensis   (19 mm): Gulf of Cazones, Cuba, mini-submarine Argus   , stn 240–39, 570 m, 25 Oct 1983, ANC/IDO.

Holotype female of Pylocheles (Bathycheles) chacei   (~ 13 mm): Turks & Caicos Islands, N. Haiti, R/V Silver Bay stn 5142, 19º52.00’N, 71 º 58.50 ’W, 640 m, USNM 152529.

Description. Shield ( Fig. 1 View FIGURE 1 A) slightly longer than broad (but broken and damaged in female), approximately 0.3 longer than posterior carapace; dorsal surface with shallow transverse groove subrostrally. Cervical groove faint to distinct laterally. Posterior median plate broad, moderately well calcified, at least anteriorly. Branchiostegites partially to well calcified dorsally and anteriorly, unarmed. Rostrum ( Fig. 1 View FIGURE 1 A, C) absent, postocular projections bluntly triangular, unarmed. Lateral projections broadly rounded, produced considerably beyond levels of postocular projections.

Ocular peduncles 0.4–0.5 length of shield, each with few short setae in distal half of dorsal surface; corneal diameter 0.3–0.4 of peduncular length. Ocular acicles each as quite small, triangular plate situated slightly mesiad of basal peduncular midline.

Antennular peduncles overreaching distal corneal margins by approximately 0.5 lengths of basal segments. Ultimate segment approximately 0.7 length of subequal penultimate and basal segments; ultimate and penultimate segments each with several scattered setae, basal segment glabrous.

Antennal peduncles with well calcified supernumerary segment; peduncles overreaching distal corneal margins by 0.5–0.8 lengths of fifth peduncular segments. Fifth and fourth segments each with numerous scattered fine setae; third segment unarmed and with only few short scattered setae; second segment with dorsolateral distal angle prominently produced, with terminal spine and 3 or 4 small spines on dorsolateral margin, 0–2 small spines basally and spinule on dorsal surface laterally, dorsomesial distal angle unarmed or with small spine. First segment with spine at ventrolateral distal angle.

Mandible with incisor process well calcified, cutting margin entire. Maxillule with external lobe of endopod obsolete. Maxilla with endopod slightly overreaching distal margin of scaphognathite. First maxilliped with very slender exopod, epipod well developed. Second and third maxillipeds both pediform; second with dactyl approximately 0.7 length of propodus; third maxilliped with well developed crista dentata without accessory tooth, dactyl and propodus varying from approximately equal in length to propodus somewhat longer.

Chelipeds ( Fig. 1 View FIGURE 1 A –D) symmetrical, subrectangular in shape. Left dactyl (right missing) slightly overlapped by fixed finger; dorsomesial margin with row of closely-spaced tubercles; dorsal, mesial and ventral surfaces all with tufts of short to moderately long setae, densest mesially; cutting edge with row of well developed calcareous teeth, terminating in calcareous claw. Dorsomesial and dorsolateral margins of palms each with row of tubercles not concealed by submarginal long setae, dorsal surfaces flat, unarmed, but with covering of sparse tufts of short setae generally forming longitudinal rows; mesial and lateral faces with tufts of moderately long and dense setae dorsally; ventral surfaces with scattered tufts of sparse setae. Carpi roundly subtriangular, each with dorsodistal margin considerably elevated and overhanging proximal margins of chelae; distal margins each cut into 2 lobes by deep incision in mesial 0.3, division continued posteriorly as distinct, arched depression, margin armed with row of small tubercles laterally and small spines dorsally, not concealed by tufts of long setae; dorsal surfaces ( Fig. 1 View FIGURE 1 D) with short, transverse, tuberculate ridges in distal 0.2, larger and more widely-spaced, but less tuberculate, ridges in remaining distal 0.6, becoming much weaker proximally; ventral surfaces unarmed.

Ambulatory legs not overreaching tips of outstretched chelipeds. Dactyls slightly shorter to slightly longer than propodi; dorsal surfaces unarmed and generally glabrous, lateral and mesial faces each with weak longitudinal sulcus, surfaces each with row of moderately long and stiff, but slender setae dorsally and line of short rows of 3–6 or 7 stiff, moderately thick setae adjacent to ventral margin, lateral face also with row of widelyspaced tufts of sparse setae in distal half. Propodi, carpi, meri, and ischia unarmed but with sparse, fine setae on all surfaces.

Pleon ( Fig. 1 View FIGURE 1 A) with pleura of pleomeres 2–5 distinctly delineated. Sixth pleonal tergite ( Fig. 1 View FIGURE 1 F) with lateral margins each indented approximately at midlength or slightly more posteriorly and with shallow longitudinal furrow on dorsal surface medianly; terminal margin rounded, unarmed, but notched medianly by deep subquadrate concavity. Protopods of uropods each with prominent spine on posterior margin. Telson as long as broad, unequally divided by transverse suture, with anterior portion slightly narrower than posterior portion; anterior portion with weak depression on either side of midline anteriorly and with ovate area of decalcification at each posterolateral angle ( Fig. 1 View FIGURE 1 F); posterior portion with lateral margins rounded, terminal margin sometimes with very slight median indentation, and faint median concavity anteriorly, giving bilobed impression, surface with covering of long fine setae, at least posteriorly and marginally.

Male first and second pleopods modified as gonopods. Pleopod 1 ( Fig. 1 View FIGURE 1 G) with long, moderately slender basal segment and much shorter subovate distal segment. Pleopod 2 ( Fig. 1 View FIGURE 1 H) with moderately short, stout basal segment; distal segment with semi-articulated distal portion foliaceous and longer than proximal portion.

Color. Unknown.

Habitat. Unknown.

Distribution. Gulf of Cazones, Cuba to Turks & Caicos Islands, Haiti; 570– 640 m.

Remarks. Only one other species of Pylocheles   , P. (P.) agassizii   , is known from the Western Atlantic, and it is immediately distinguished from P. (B.) cubensis   by the armament of the dorsal surfaces of the chelae, the posterior margin of the sixth pleonal tergite and the structure of the telson. In P. (P.) agassizii   , the chelae are armed on the dorsal surfaces with numerous tubercles or small spines; the posterior margin of the sixth pleonal tergite is weakly cut into three subequal lobes by small incisions; the anterior portion of the telson is completely calcified; and the posterior portion of the telson is divided into two circular lobes. In contrast, the dorsal surfaces of the chelae of P. (B.) cubensis   are provided only with rows of tufts of setae; the posterior margin of the sixth pleonal tergite has a prominent, subquadrate median concavity; the anterior margin of the telson has two membranous patches near the outer angles; and the posterior portion of the telson is undivided.

As stated by Forest (1987) for P. (B.) chacei   , this taxon is morphologically most closely allied to the Indo- Pacific species P. (B.) incisus Forest, 1987   and P. (B.) crosnieri Forest, 1987   . Forest noted the similarity with P. (B.) c ro s n i e r i in the development of the anterior margin of the shield, or lack thereof, and with P. (B.) incisus   in the notch in the posterior margin of the sixth pleonal tergite. The dorsal surfaces of the chelae of both Indo-Pacific species are provided only with tufts of setae, as is the case in P. (B.) cubensis   , thus Forest’s (1987) assessment is confirmed. The structures of the mouthparts of P. (B.) incisus   , illustrated by Forest (1987, fig 16) as representative of the subgenus, agree well with those illustrated by Ortiz & Gómez (1986) for P. (B.) cubensis   and those observed in the holotype of P. (B.) chacei   . The male gonopods of P. (B.) cubensis   agree more closely with those of P. (B.) crosnieri   , as illustrated by Forest (1987: fig. 9 k, l), than those of P. (B.) profundus Forest, 1987   (ibid.: fig. 9 i, j).

Certain discrepancies and inaccuracies appearing in the original descriptions of P. c u b e n s i s and P. (B.) chacei   are corrected herein. For P. (B.) cubensis   , there are some errors in the illustrations and labeling of Ortiz & Gómez’s (1986) figures 8 and 9 of the mouthparts. Specifically, figure 8 is labeled first maxilla when it is actually the maxilla (or second maxilla), the coxal endite is depicted as being trilobed, and the scaphognathite is not illustrated. Figure 9 is labeled second maxilla, but is actually the maxillule (or first maxilla). Additionally, the coxal endite of the first maxilliped ( Ortiz & Gómez 1986, fig. 7) was not illustrated, and while the exopod probably was not omitted, the fact that it is very slender and tends to overlap the endopod was not clearly shown.

The illustration of the holotype of P. (B.) chacei   ( Forest 1987, fig. 17 a) although a composite, is reasonably accurate for the cephalothorax and cephalic appendages; however, the accuracy of illustrated portion of carpus of the left cheliped (fig. 17 c) can not be verified as there is very little now remaining of that surface. The illustration of the right second pereopod (fig. 17 d) is proportionally accurate, but the lines on the lateral face of the dactyl are not corneous spines as they appear, but indications of where the short rows of setae occur. Similarly, the median and dorsal marks on that surface also indicate the positions of the setation described here.

The ocular peduncles of the holotype of P. (B.) cubensis   are slightly slenderer and the corneas a little smaller than seen in the holotype of P. (B.) chacei   . Whether these differences reflect size or sex variations is not known at present. The mouthparts are exposed in the damaged anterior cephalothorax of the holotype of P. (B.) chacei   , and these agree well with the illustrated mouthparts of P. (B.) cubensis   . However, the dactyl and propodus of the pediform third maxilliped of the former taxon are approximately equal in length, whereas they are subequal in P. (B.) cubensis   . This again may reflect a size or sex variation as the male is appreciably larger than the female.


Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History






Pylocheles (Bathycheles) cubensis Ortiz & Gómez, 1986

Mclaughlin, Patsy A., Lemaitre, Rafael & Ortiz, Manuel 2007

Pylocheles (Bathycheles) chacei

Forest 1987: 66

Pylocheles cubensis Ortiz & Gómez, 1986 : 31

Ortiz 1986: 31