Hoplopolemius propinquus ( Richardson 1902 ),

Abarca-Ávila, Mónica Mariel, Herrera-Dorantes, María Teresa, Winfield, Ignacio & Ardisson, Pedro-Luis, 2019, Updated checklist and identification key of benthic tanaidaceans (Crustacea Peracarida) of the sublittoral zone of the northern Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, Zootaxa 4711 (1), pp. 51-76: 59

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Hoplopolemius propinquus ( Richardson 1902 )


Hoplopolemius propinquus ( Richardson 1902) 

Examined material. TA: three individuals. CNCR 34800–34801. Tr-Loc : M41- Celestun, Yucatan, Mexico 20°51’43.56’’N 90°24’4.179’’W, one ♀, 7 May 2005, 26 November 2005, 11 March 2006, coll. AV, SPGoogleMaps  ; Tr-Loc: M50-Chabihau, Yucatan, Mexico 21°22’4.329’’N 89°4’13.659’’W, one ♂, 20 May 2005, 27 November 2005, 12 March 2006, coll. AV, SPGoogleMaps  ; Tr-Loc: M60- El Cuyo, Yucatan, Mexico 21°31’8.259’’N 87°40’41.588’’W, one ♀, 16 May 2005, 12 November 2005, 18 March 2006, coll. AV, SP; collected at depths 1.4 to 3.9 m, on coarse sand, medium sand, and fine sandGoogleMaps 


Local distribution. ( Table 1, Fig. 2View FIGURE 2).

Geographical distribution. Atlantic Ocean: Bermuda, east coast of South Carolina to Florida Keys, Turkey Islands and Caicos; GoM: northeastern, southwestern and southeastern portions, Tuxpan-Lobos Protected Natural Area, Veracruz Reef System National Park, Bajos de Sisal Reef System; Caribbean Sea: Caiman Islands, Puerto Morelos Reef National Park and coast of Quintana Roo.

Recognition characters. Rostrum with a median acute process; basis of antennule with three spines on inner margin, and one spine on the outer margin at the distal end; basis of pereopod-1 with three of four spines on inner margin. Male cheliped more robust than in female.

Remarks. It inhabits coral reefs, among cnidarians ( P. guadalupensis  ), sponges such as Agelas clathrodes (Schmidt)  , A. fistularis  , Clathria (Microciona) echinata (Alcolado)  , Iotrochota birotulata (Higgin)  and Monanchora arbuscula (Duchassaing & Michelotti)  . It is also associated with algae such as C. cervicornis  , D. delicatula  , D. dichotoma  , H. spinella  , and U. lactuca  , and frequently associated with mangrove roots, coral rubble, wood piles, and soft bottoms, at depths of 1 to 30 m.

References. Guţu & Iliffe (1985); Guţu (2002); Heard et al. (2004); Suárez-Morales et al. (2004); García-Madrigal et al. (2005); Heard & Anderson (2009); Winfield et al. (2013); Monroy-Velázquez et al. (2017), Winfield et al. (2017), Cházaro- Olvera et al. (2018); Stępień et al. (2018).


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