Skip to main content
    • Aa
    • Aa

A new species of Lebbeus (Crustacea: Decapoda: Caridea: Hippolytidae) from the Von Damm Vent Field, Caribbean Sea

  • Verity Nye (a1), Jon Copley (a1), Sophie Plouviez (a2) and Cindy Lee Van Dover (a2)

A new species of the hippolytid shrimp genus Lebbeus White, 1847 is described from the Von Damm Vent Field (VDVF) on the Mid-Cayman Spreading Centre, Caribbean Sea, at 2294 m water depth. Lebbeus virentova sp. nov. is defined and illustrated from seven specimens, with brief notes on its distribution and habitat. Molecular phylogenetic data from the COI mDNA region are used to analyse the species’ phylogenetic position, and its morphology is compared with previously described species. This new species represents the second family of caridean shrimp to be reported from the VDVF. Lebbeus virentova sp. nov. is the eighth member of the genus to be described from hydrothermal vents and appears to be the first hippolytid shrimp at a vent field known from outside the Pacific Ocean.

Corresponding author
Correspondence should be addressed to: V. Nye, Ocean & Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, University of Southampton Waterfront Campus, European Way, Southampton, SO14 3ZH, UK email:
Linked references
Hide All

This list contains references from the content that can be linked to their source. For a full set of references and notes please see the PDF or HTML where available.

S.T. Ahyong (2009) New species and new records of hydrothermal vent shrimps from New Zealand (Caridea: Alvinocarididae, Hippolytidae). Crustaceana 82, 775794.

R.T. Bauer (1978) Antifouling adaptations of caridean shrimps: cleaning of the antennal flagellum and general body grooming. Marine Biology 49, 6982.

C.O. Coleman (2003) ‘Digital inking': how to make perfect line drawings on computers. Organisms Diversity & Evolution 3, Electronic Supplement 14, 114.

C.O. Coleman (2009) Drawing setae the digital way. Zoostematics and Evolution 85, 305310.

D.P. Connelly , J.T. Copley , B.J. Murton , K. Stansfield , P.A. Tyler , C.R. German , C.L. Van Dover , D. Amon , M. Furlong , N. Grindlay , N. Hayman , V. Hühnerbach , M. Judge , T. Le Bas , S. McPhail , A. Meir , Ko–ichi Nakamura , V. Nye , M. Pebody , R. Pedersen , S. Plouviez , C. Sands , R.C. Searle , P. Stevenson , S. Taws and S. Wilcox (2012) Hydrothermal vents on the world's deepest seafloor spreading centre. Nature Communications 3, 620. doi: 10.1038/ncomms1636.

J.T.P. Copley and C.M. Young (2006) Seasonality and zonation in the reproductive biology and population structure of the shrimp Alvinocaris stactophila (Caridea: Alvinocarididae) at a Louisiana Slope cold seep. Marine Ecology Progress Series 315, 199209.

J.J. Doyle and E. Dickson (1987) Preservation of plant samples from DNA restriction endonuclease analysis. Taxon 36, 715722.

A.V. Gebruk , N.V. Pimenov and A.S. Savvichev (1993) Feeding specialization of bresiliid shrimps in the TAG site hydrothermal community. Marine Ecology Progress Series 98, 247253.

C.R. German , A. Bowen , M.L. Coleman , D.L. Honig , K.A. Huber , M.V. Jakuba , J.C. Kinsey , M.D. Kurz , S. Leroy , J.M. McDermott , B. Mercier de Lepinay , K. Nakamura , J.S. Seewald , J. Smith L., S.P. Sylva , C.L. Van Dover , L.L. Whitcomb and D.R. Yoerger (2010) Diverse styles of submarine venting on the ultraslow spreading Mid-Cayman Rise. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 107, 1402014025.

T.H. Jukes and C.R. Cantor (1969) Evolution of protein molecules. In H.N. Munro (ed.) Mammalian protein metabolism. New York: Academic Press, pp. 21132.

T. Kikuchi and S. Ohta (1995) Two caridean shrimps of the families Bresiliidae and Hippolytidae from a hydrothermal field on the Iheya-Ridge, off the Ryukyu-Islands, Japan. Journal of Crustacean Biology 15, 771785.

M. Kimura (1980) A simple method for estimating evolutionary rate of base substitutions through comparative studies of nucleotide sequences. Journal of Molecular Evolution 16, 111120.

J.W. Martin and T.A. Haney (2005) Decapod crustaceans from hydrothermal vents and cold seeps: a review through 2005. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 145, 445522.

V. Nye , J. Copley and S. Plouviez (2012) A new species of Rimicaris (Crustacea: Decapoda: Caridea: Alvinocarididae) from hydrothermal vent fields on the Mid-Cayman Spreading Centre, Caribbean. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. doi:10.1017/S0025315411002001.

C.S. Rafinesque (1815) Analyse de la Nature ou Tableau de l'univers et des corps organisés. Palermo, 224 pp.

M.J. Rathbun (1902) Descriptions of new decapod crustaceans from the west coast of North America. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 24, 885905.

T.M. Shank , M.B. Black , K.M. Halanych , R.A. Lutz and R.C. Vrijenhoek (1999) Miocene radiation of deep-sea hydrothermal vent shrimp (Caridae: Bresiliidae): evidence from mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase subunit I. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 13, 244254.

K. Tamura , D. Peterson , N. Peterson , G. Stecher , M. Nei and S. Kumar (2011) MEGA5: Molecular Evolutionary Genetics Analysis using Maximum Likelihood, Evolutionary Distance, and Maximum Parsimony Methods. Molecular Biology and Evolution. doi:10.1093/molbev/msr121.

S. Teixeira , M-A. Cambon-Bonavita , E. Serrão A., D. Desbruyères and S. Arnaud-Haond (2010) Recent population expansion and connectivity in the hydrothermal shrimp Rimicaris exoculata along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Journal of Biogeography 38, 564574.

C.L. Van Dover , C.R. German , K.G. Speer , L.M. Parson and R.C. Vrijenhoek (2002) Evolution and biogeography of deep-sea vent and seep invertebrates. Science 295, 12531257.

C.L. Van Dover , B. Fry , J.F. Grassle , S. Humphris and P.A. Rona (1998) Feeding biology of the shrimp Rimicaris exoculata at hydrothermal vents on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Marine Biology 98, 209216.

C.L. Van Dover , E.Z. Szuts , S.C. Chamberlain and J.R. Cann (1989) A novel eyeless shrimp from hydrothermal vents of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Nature 337, 458460.

M.K. Wicksten (2010) Lebbeus laurentae: a replacement name for Lebbeus carinatus de Saint Laurent, 1984 (Decapoda: Caridea: Hippolytidae) and a redescription of the species. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 123, 196203.

A.B. Williams and F.A. Chace Jr (1982) A new caridean shrimp of the family Bresiliidae from thermal vents of the Galapagos Rift. Journal of Crustacean Biology 2, 136147.

S.C. Chang , T. Komai and T.Y. Chan (2010) First record of the hippolytid shrimp genus Lebbeus White, 1847 (Decapoda: Caridea) from Taiwan, with the description of three new species. Journal of Crustacean Biology 30, 727744.

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
  • ISSN: 0025-3154
  • EISSN: 1469-7769
  • URL: /core/journals/journal-of-the-marine-biological-association-of-the-united-kingdom
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *



Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 2
Total number of PDF views: 9 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 177 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between September 2016 - 29th June 2017. This data will be updated every 24 hours.