Naushonia carinata, Dworschak & Marin & Anker, 2006

Dworschak, Peter C., Marin, Ivan & Anker, Arthur, 2006, A new species of Naushonia Kingsley, 1897 (Decapoda: Thalassinidea: Laomediidae) from Vietnam and the Philippines with notes on the genus Espeleonaushonia Juarrero & Martínez-Iglesias, 1997, Zootaxa 1372, pp. 1-16: 3-13

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Naushonia carinata


Naushonia carinata   n.sp.

Figures 1–6, Table 1

Material: Holotype (female, tl 19, cl 8 mm), ZMMU Ma 5471, South China Sea, Vietnam,  

Nha Trang, Nha Trang Bay, Dâm Bay of Tré Island, littoral, muddy sand, I. Marin coll., from holes of Glypturus sp.   , 5 June 2004.

Allotype (male, tl 15, cl 6.3 mm), ZMMU Ma 5472, same locality as holotype, intertidal fringed by mangroves, I. Marin coll., from burrows of Glypturus armatus   , 5 June 2004.  

Paratypes: (ovigerous female, tl 23, cl 9.4 mm, left cheliped missing, dissected), NHMW 21470 View Materials , same data as holotype; (female, tl 18, cl 7.4), NHMW 21471 View Materials , same locality as holotype, I. Marin coll., 17 June 2004   .

Additional material: (female, tl 20, cl 8.8 mm, left cheliped missing), NMCR 27006, Philippines, Bohol, Panglao Island, Doljo Point , mixed intertidal platform, fringe mangrove, M5[M8]: 9° 35.5'N 123°44.3'E, P. Dworschak coll., with yabby pump from mound of Glypturus armatus   , 2 June 2004 ( PD16) GoogleMaps   .

Description (combined material): Body ( Fig. 1, 2a) moderately robust. Rostrum ( Fig. 2b, 3a,b, 6a–c) strongly flattened dorsoventrally, rounded in dorsal view, reaching distal margin of second article of antennular peduncle; margins with row of numerous small spines increasing in size anteriorly; dorsal surface with shallow median depression extending posteriorly to just anterior to anterior end of median carina on carapace, and with small spines near lateral borders.

Carapace ( Fig. 2a) subcylindrical, with pronounced linea thalassinica. Postorbital spine small, simple with one or several smaller spines mesially and several smaller spines along anterior border. Postantennal notch deep. Anterolateral margin spinulose, deeply notched just ventral to small branchiostegal spine. Branchiostegal spine supported by short ridge. Gastric region of carapace slightly convex, with five longitudinal carinae, including median carina interrupted by cervical groove; median carina high, irregular denticulate anteriorly, anterior section of median carina starting slightly posterior to level of postantennal notch; submedian carinae indistinct, short, minutely denticulate; lateral carinae distinct, minutely denticulate, slightly diverging posteriorly, each beginning from just level of postantennal notch, not extending to cervical groove. Posterior section of median carina extending to posterodorsal margin of carapace. Cervical groove conspicuous, short, not extending onto lateral face of carapace. Posterior part of dorsal surface with scattered minute granules laterally. Lateral surface ventral to linea thalassinica with scattered granules (granules more numerous in anterior part). Dorsal and lateral surface irregularly tuberculate, with dense short setae.

First abdominal somite ( Fig. 1, 2a) unarmed on anterodorsal border; dorsal surface with faint transverse ridge and three longitudinal carinae. Second to fifth abdominal somites with three distinct longitudinal dorsal carinae each in posterior 3/4; pleura rounded ventrally. Sixth somite ( Fig. 2a) without trace of median carina and with low, somewhat squamiform tubercles on mediodorsal line and on either side of mediodorsal line; pleuron smooth marginally; posterolateral process blunt.

Telson ( Fig. 3c) broadly rounded distally, with variable number of lateral spines on posterior half, 1.5 times longer than broadest part; small scale-like spines scattered on dorsal side, more dense on posterior half; posterior half with faint median groove, and numerous plumose and longer simple marginal setae distally, and some setae subdistally. Uropod with spiny, transverse suture. Exopod with variable numbers of lateral spines at distal half proximal to suture, ending in large spine; upper surface with low, branched ridge, lateral ending proximal to suture with several small spines, median ridge continuing to distal margin. Endopod with variable number of lateral spines proximal to suture, low middorsal ridge with several spines. Both exopod and endopod with numerous setae, including long plumose setae marginally, and shorter simple setae on ridges and dorsal surface.

Ocular peduncle ( Fig. 3d,e) short, wider than long, armed with small tubercle at distomesial angle; cornea feebly pigmented, visible in dorsal view.

Antennular peduncle ( Fig. 3f,g) short, reaching almost to distal margin of fifth article of antennal peduncle. Basal article not visible in dorsal view, with one conspicuous blunt spine on distolateral margin, a row of small spines and one larger median spine on distoventral margin, one spine on ventromesial margin; statolith opening on ventral side closed by plumose setae. Penultimate article armed with one distolateral spine. Ultimate article with distolateral angle unarmed. Lateral flagellum longer than peduncle, composed of 14–19 segments; mesial flagellum about 0.6 length of lateral flagellum, composed of 9–11 segments.

Antennal peduncle ( Fig. 3h, i) stout. First article with unarmed margins. Second article armed with row of three small spines on ventrodistal margin and one strong spine on ventrolateral margin. Third article with one small ventromesial spine. Fourth and fifth articles each with one strong distolateral and one mesial spine. Flagellum somewhat shorter than body, stout, with dense annulation. Antennal scale broad, with strongly convex mesial margin with plumose setae; lateral margin convex, with four to eight spines increasing slightly in size over almost entire length; dorsal surface with low longitudinal carina and some setae.

Mandible ( Fig. 4a,b,c) with molar and incisor processes fused, forming angle to fit palp; incisor process with two large and numerous smaller teeth, molar process with one strong tooth. Palp two-articulated (proximal two articles fused), scattered plumose setae on proximal article, distal article ending in rounded tip, with dense short, serrated setae.

Maxillule ( Fig. 4d) with palp biarticulated, proximal article with four spiniform setae distally; distal article slender, cylindrical, devoid of setae. Proximal endite wide, anterior margin concave, short serrate setae on distal angle and dense plumose setae on anterior margin, long plumose setae on posterior margin; distal endite elongate, terminally truncate, armed with serrate setae on anterior margin, simple setae on anterolateral margin, and long plumose setae distally.

Maxilla ( Fig. 4e) with elongate palp bearing lateral and distal setae; distal endite deeply bilobed, with setae, dorsal lobe wider than ventral, both lobes with simple setae; medial endite elongate, with apical setae; proximal endite large, square, with subterminal, terminal and lateral setae. Scaphognathite longer than wide, with marginal plumose setae; anterior lobe well developed, wide, rounded; posterior lobe trapezoid, with truncate distal tip furnished with very long setae.

First maxilliped ( Fig. 4f) with bilobed basipod; both proximal and distal lobe with numerous marginal plumose setae and plumose setae on lateral face. Endopod biarticulated, with distal article expanded and triangular in shape. Exopod two-articulated, basal article expanded distally (caridean lobe), bearing long, plumose setae on lateral margin, second article elongate, devoid of setae; flagellum with long simple setae, about same length as second article. Epipod large, triangular, with small hooks on entire surface, including margins.

Second maxilliped ( Fig. 4g) with five-articulated endopod; second article longest, basal and next two articles with long, plumose setae, distal two articles with stout serrate setae. Exopod two-articulated; proximal article 0.6 length of exopod, with plumose setae; distal article short, distinctly flexed against proximal article, flagellum longer than distal article, with long simple setae, increasing in size distally. Epipod long, narrow, with serrate margin and podobranch.

Third maxilliped ( Fig. 4 h,i) with endopod composed of five articles; coxa with setobranch composed of numerous long setae; basis with row of spinules on ventromesial margin; ischium broadened distally, with low spinules on ventrolateral margin and row of acute, unequal teeth (crista dentata) on ventromesial margin; merus with few distal spinules on ventrolateral margin; carpus short, with dorsodistal margin somewhat projecting; propodus subequal in length to dactylus; dactylus with thick cluster of long setae extending to lateral face; exopod two-articulated, proximal article overreaching ischium, distal article very short, distinctly flexed against proximal article; flagellum short, but well-developed; epipod very large, with mastigobranch and denticulate dorsal margin ( Fig. 4j); podobranch well developed.

First pereopods ( Figs. 5a,b, 6c,d) strong, subchelate, equal in size, symmetrical in shape, flattened dorsoventrally. Ischium broadened distally, with row of small tubercles on ventromesial and dorsomesial margin. Merus broadened distally, section nearly triangular; dorsodistal margin with row of spinules laterally; distomesial angle produced in rounded lobe, bearing marginal spinules; lateral margin sharply carinate, minutely tuberculate, with row of spinules distodorsally; mesial face narrow, granular, dorsomesial margin delimited by row of minute granules extending onto dorsal surface distally, ventromesial margin delimited with row of spinules, continuing to distomesial lobe; ventral surface bluntly elevated along midline, ventrolateral face with short ridge distally. Carpus short, surfaces granular except for ventral surface; dorsolateral, ventrolateral and ventromesial margins well defined, dorsolateral and distal margins with spines. Propodus approximately elliptical in cross-section, 1.2 to 1.3 times as long as wide (including fixed finger), about same length as ischium and merus together; dorsal surface granular near margins, slightly elevated along midline; dorsolateral margin carinate, with two rows of tubercles, with sparse setae; ventromesial margin carinate, minutely tuberculate, with row of sparse setae; ventromesial margin with row of sharp teeth on distal half, proximal half minutely denticulate; fixed finger at midlength of propodus small, twice as long as wide at its base, directed distally. Dactylus slender, with noticeably expanded lateroproximal margin, closing completely against distomesial margin of propodus; mesial margin sharply carinate, lateral margin with two rows of turbercles proximally, row of setae becoming more sparse distally.

Second pereopod ( Fig. 5c) shortest, stout, simple. Merus with row of long setae on ventral margin. Carpus about 0.3 times as long as merus. Propodus 1.5 times as long as carpus, with long setae on ventral surface. Dactylus ( Fig. 5d) lanceolate, terminating in slender unguis; dorsal surface with dense, short to long serrate setae; ventral margin with comb of 11–13 corneous spinules.

Third to fifth pereopods ( Fig. 5e,g,i) generally similar, but decreasing in length towards posterior. Third pereopod with some granules on dorsal margin of ischium; merus slightly narrowed distally, 4.2 times as long as greatest width, unarmed; carpus about half length of merus, unarmed; propodus with sparse setae on dorsal margin; dactylus ( Fig. 5f) 0.6 times as long as propodus, 6.7 times as long as greatest width, terminating in slender corneous unguis, armed with 2–6 stout setae on lateral face adjacent to dorsal margin; dorsal margin of dactylus with row of setae; ventral margin with comblike, toothed lamella on proximal 3/4 of length, teeth successively becoming larger in first quarter, ending abruptly in about 0.4 width of dactylus, and continuing by numerous subequal teeth of about same size as most proximal teeth, from mid-length to about 2/3 dactylus length. Fourth ( Fig. 5g) and fifth ( Fig. 5i) pereopods similar to third but somewhat shorter, dactylus of fourth ( Fig. 5h) with three to eight stout setae, dactylus of fifth ( Fig. 5j) without stout setae.

Branchio-exopodal formula as shown in Table 1.

First pleopod absent in male; in female small, simple and composed of only one article ( Fig. 5k).

Second to fifth pleopods (5l) biramous, rami lanceolate, subequal, lacking appendix interna; appendix masculina absent on male second pleopod.

Ovigerous female (NHMW 21470) carries about 180 embryos with diameter ranging from 350 to 420 µm.

Variations. The number of spines of the antennal scale, the number of stout setae on dactyli of P2–P4, and the number of spines on lateral borders of the telson and uropods may vary slightly within individuals between the left and the right side, and also between individuals. Similar variation also exists for the serration of the anterior margin of the carapace and the spines and tubercles on dorsal surfaces of the carapace and telson. The shape of the rostrum is also variable: it is broad (width at base/length = 0.7–0.8) in females ( Figs 2b, 3a, 6a, b) and narrow (width at base/length = 1.1) in the single male ( Fig. 6c).

Etymology. The name carinata   refers to the longitudinal dorsal carinae on the second to fifth abdominal somites.

Colour. Whitish, yellow-orange ovaries dorsally visible through semitransparent carapace and first abdominal somite ( Fig. 1).

Type locality. Nha Trang Bay, Vietnam, South China Sea.

Distribution. Known only from the type locality and Panglao Island, Philippines.

Remarks. The new species differs from all members of the genus Naushonia   by the carinae on the abdominal somites and the shape of the chelipeds which have a broad propodus with rounded lateral and mesial margins. The cheliped propodus has a length to width ratio (PL/PB including fixed finger) of 1.2–1.3, and is so much broader than in N. perrieri   (PL/PB 1.5; Ngoc-Ho, 1996: figs 1c, d), N. macginitiei   (PL/PB 1.5; Glassell, 1938: fig. 1), N. crangonoides   (PL/PB 1.5–2.2; Thompson, 1903: pl.1 figs 1, 17; Goy & Provenzano, 1979: fig. 7A; Williams, 1984: fig. 132b), N. portoricensis   (PL/PB 1.7; Chace, 1939: fig. 3), N. japonica   (PL/PB 1.9; Komai, 2004:fig. 3C, D), N. lactoalbida   (PL/PB 1.7–2; Berggren, 1992: fig. 5D, E; Komai, 2004: fig. 6A, B) and N. panamensis   (PL/PB 2.3; Martin & Abele, 1982: fig. 3E). The new species can be separated from N. perrieri   , N. japonica   and N. lactoalbida   by the armature of the dorsolateral margin of the propodus: this margin is smooth in the first two species and spiny in the last species, which also has strong spines on the margins of the P1 merus. With respect to the carapace, N. carinata   n.sp. is most similar to N. japonica   , but differs from it by the much larger teeth on the rostrum, less distinct submedian carinae and the telson dentition. The telson is similar to N. lactoalbida   .

A comparison of gill formulae is difficult due to confusing terminology, especially in the definition of "mastigobranch". For Laomedia astacina, Sakai (1962: 31   , pl. 7, fig. 23) used the term mastigobranch only for the proximal lobe on P4, calling the distal lobe "first epipodite" and the proximal lobe "second epipodite" in Mxp2 to P3. In Naushonia crangonoides   , the term has been applied for the distal lobe of the epipod by Thompson (1903: 5, figs 9, 14–16) and Goy & Provenzano (1979: 347); the latter authors mention a "small anterior lobe" on Mxp3 only. Berggren (1992: 520, figs 5A, C) interpreted the small anterior lobe on Mxp 3 in N. lactoalbida   as "unknown process or malformed branchia". In Caridea, the mastigobranch is equal to what is also known as strap-like epipod (e.g., Chace, 1988). When viewing the different species applying the terminology of Batang et al. (2001), defining the mastigobranch as the anterior (proximal) lobe, the gills seem to be very similar among the species of Naushonia   and other laomediids. Naushonia carinata   n.sp. and N. portoricensis   differ from N. crangonoides   by lacking an arthrobranch on Mxp1, this is present also in Jaxea nocturna   ( Astall et al., 1997; NHMW 299) and Laomedia healyi   ( Wear & Yaldwyn, 1966; NHMW 19596).

Unclear is the shape of the female first pleopod. Superficially it appears to be composed of two articles on the left side of the paratype female (NHMW 21470). Under the compound microscope, however, no articulation is visible, also in none of the other females and also not in N. portoricensis   (NHMW 20718). Ngoc-Ho (1996), described the first female pleopod of N. perrieri   as biarticulated. Thompson (1903) mentioned that in N. crangonoides   this appendage is "uniramous, slender, tapering, one basal and several apical joints". For all other species the female Plp1 was neither described nor figured, although in some cases only males were available. In both Laomedia healyi   (NHMW 19596/1) and Jaxea nocturna   (NHMW 311), the female Plp1 consists of two articles. The same situation has been described for Laomedia astacina   by Sakai (1962), whereas Ngoc-Ho & Yaldwyn (1997) described the female Plp2 of L. barronensis   as "uniramous....with basis and articulated distal part", and Ngoc-Ho (1997) that of L. paucispinosa   as biarticulated.

A variation in the number of stout setae on dactyli of P3 and P4, as well as that of the lateral margins of the telson, have been also observed in N. crangonoides   , N. portoricensis   and N. macginitiei ( Goy & Provenzano, 1979)   . Alvarez et al. (2000) also remarked on the asymmetry in the number of spines on various regions of the carapace, uropods and telson in N. lactoalbida   and E. manningi   .

Members of the genus Naushonia   are considered burrowing, like all the other laomediids. For instance, N. crangonoides   has been found in sand in shallow water ( Goy & Provenzano, 1979), N. panamensis   on a mudflat near mangroves ( Martin & Abele, 1982), N. macginitiei   in the intertidal under stones ( Glassell, 1938), N. lactoalbida   in sand/ coral gravel ( Berggren, 1992), and N. portoricensis   under large rock on sand near seagrass and mangroves (present study). Komai (2004) reported N. japonica   from a burrow under rock in sandy mud, in a depth of 7 m and N. lactoalbida   from the intertidal, as well as from a burrow under coral rock in coral sand, in 8 m deep water.

Naushonia carinata   n.sp. is the first laomediid species, which appears to be associated with another thalassinidean shrimp. All specimens were obtained always during the first sucking action exerted to the mound of the callianassid Glypturus armatus   . It is unclear, however, whether the smaller Naushonia   lives in the burrow of the much larger (body length up to 140 mm) Glypturus   , has its own burrow connected to that of Glypturus   , or was simply sucked up with all the sediment surrounding the Glypturus   mound area. The specimen from Panglao was collected from a mound together with a specimen of the ocypodid crab Macrophthalmus sp.   and a phenacolepadid gastropod. On the other hand, an independent finding of specimens of N. carinata   n.sp. in Vietnam and the Philippines suggests that the first two possibilities are more likely. An example of a mudshrimp connecting its burrows to that of another mudshrimp is offered by Wolffogebia phuketensis Sakai, 1982   ( Upogebiidae   ), which usually digs its burrow into the side walls of the particularly spacious and deep burrows of the mudlobster Thalassina anomala Herbst, 1804   ( Thalassinidae   ) ( Ng & Kang, 1988).


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