Tuesday, July 2, 2019

[Crustacea • 2019] Resolution of the Portunus gladiator species complex (Brachyura, Decapoda, Portunidae): Taxonomic Status and Identity of Monomia gladiator (Fabricius, 1798) and Monomia haanii (Stimpson, 1858)

  Monomia gladiator (Fabricius, 1798) 

in Windsor, Mendoza & Deeds, 2019.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently adopted DNA barcoding for the purpose of determining the species identity of commercial seafood products. This effort has revealed instances of incongruence between current scientifically accepted taxon names and those utilized by the seafood industry in product labelling. One such case is that of “Portunus haanii”, a name utilized by the seafood industry to label commercial products under the market name “red swimming crab.” However, carcinologists currently regard P. haanii as synonym of Portunus gladiator Fabricius, 1798, which itself is the subject of debate over whether it is a secondary homonym of Cancer gladiator Fabricius, 1793. Further complicating matters, DNA barcode sequences from commercial products match GenBank sequences identified as Portunus pseudoargentatus Stephenson, 1961. Here the complicated taxonomic history of the Portunus gladiator complex is reviewed and a resolution proposed based on combined morphological descriptions and molecular phylogenetic analyses. It is demonstrated that, given the provisions of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature and the current elevation of Monomia Gistel, 1848, to full genus rank, its type species, Portunus gladiator Fabricius, 1798, should be treated as a valid and available taxon name. It is also shown, upon examination and comparison of types and topotypic material that Monomia haanii (Stimpson, 1858) is a distinct taxon from M. gladiator, and Portunus pseudoargentatus Stephenson, 1961, is a junior subjective synonym of M. haanii (Stimpson, 1858). Furthermore, it is shown that crab meat sold in the US currently labeled as “Portunus haanii” and/or “red swimming crab” is in fact M. haanii using comparative analysis of DNA barcode sequences between museum-vouchered reference specimens, whole crabs provided directly by a seafood importer, and processed commercial products purchased at retail.

Keywords: Commercial species, DNA barcoding, molecular phylogenetics, morphology, seafood, swimming crab, taxonomy

Figure 1. Dorsal habitus of A lectotype of Portunus gladiator Fabricius, 1798, deposited in Copenhagen Museum (ZMUC-Cru 4705) B Cancer menestho Herbst, 1803 (= Monomia gladiator), probably from Indian Ocean (color print from Herbst, 1803: pl. 55 fig. 3

C Monomia gladiator (Fabricius, 1798), fresh colouration, Phuket, Thailand (not collected), photo by Rueangrit Promdam D Monomia gladiator (Fabricius, 1798), fresh coloration, Jeppiar, Tamil Nadu, India (ZRC), photograph by PKL Ng;

E “Neptunus (Amphitrite) gladiator” [sic] (=Monomia haanii) from Sagami Bay, Japan (color print from Sakai, 1939: pl. 47 fig. 3) F Monomia haanii (Stimpson, 1858), fresh colouration, South China Sea (USNM 1421161) shipped frozen by US seafood importer.

Portunoidea Rafinesque, 1815
Portunidae Rafinesque, 1815
Portuninae Rafinesque, 1815

Monomia Gistel, 1848

Type species. Portunus gladiator Fabricius, 1798, type species of Amphitrite De Haan, 1833, by subsequent designation (Miers, 1886); pre-occupied by Amphitrite Müller, 1771 [Polychaeta]; Monomia Gistel, 1848, replacement name for Amphitrite De Haan, 1833.

Monomia gladiator s. str. (Fabricius, 1798)

 Amanda M. Windsor, Jose Christopher E. Mendoza and Jonathan R. Deeds. 2019. Resolution of the Portunus gladiator species complex: Taxonomic Status and Identity of Monomia gladiator (Fabricius, 1798) and Monomia haanii (Stimpson, 1858) (Brachyura, Decapoda, Portunidae). ZooKeys. 858: 11-43. DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.858.33826

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