Data for selected species
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Decapoda - Brachyura - Grapsidae - Metopograpsus

Metopograpsus messor (Forskål, 1775)



Selected Reference(s)
Metopograpsus messor. - Rathbun, M. J., 1907: 29. - French Polynesia

Regional Data (French Polynesia, Pitcairn, Easter Island, Clipperton)
Distribution & Ecology: Society (Bora Bora, Tahiti) - Marine; Shoreline to 10 m; Terrestrial affinities; Hard bottom.

Regional Records: Metopograpsus messor - Kingsley, 1880c: 190 (Tahiti). - Miers, 1886: 258 (Tahiti). - Rathbun, 1907: 29 (Bora Bora). - Pesta, 1913: 61 (Tahiti). - Guinot, 1985: 453 (List). - Poupin, 1994a: 61 (Text); 1996a: 67 (Checklist). - Remark: shape of male first pleopod is the main character to separate this species from M. thukuhar and despite numerous observations (1986-1997), shape of M. messor pleopod has never been observed in French Polynesia; revision of older specimens attributed to messor is needed to confirm the presence of this species in these Islands).


References : compilation of references cited in Poupin (1996, 1998, 2003) and Poupin et al. (2009) - PDF 412 Ko



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