Willemoesia forceps 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Malacostraca Decapoda Polychelidae

Scientific Name: Willemoesia forceps A. Milne-Edwards, 1880

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2009-12-03
Assessor(s): Chan, T.Y.
Reviewer(s): Collen, B., Livingstone, S. & Richman, N.
Contributor(s): Batchelor, A., De Silva, R., Dyer, E., Kasthala, G., Lutz, M.L., McGuinness, S., Milligan, H.T., Soulsby, A.-M. & Whitton, F.
Willemoesia forceps is assessed as Least Concern because it has a large distribution, is described as common, lives at great depths and is not being impacted by any major threat processes.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from West Africa, Azores over to the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Sargasso Sea (Galil 2000, Escobar-Briones et al. 2008).
Countries occurrence:
Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba; Bahamas; Barbados; Bermuda; Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Saba, Sint Eustatius); Cape Verde; Cayman Islands; Côte d'Ivoire; Cuba; Curaçao; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Haiti; Jamaica; Liberia; Martinique; Mauritania; Mexico; Montserrat; Portugal (Azores); Puerto Rico; Saint Barthélemy; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Martin (French part); Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Sint Maarten (Dutch part); Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos Islands; United States (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas); Virgin Islands, British; Virgin Islands, U.S.; Western Sahara
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Atlantic – western central; Atlantic – northeast; Atlantic – eastern central
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):4064
Upper depth limit (metres):1760
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Population [top]

Population:This species is common in the Gulf of Mexico (Wicksten and Packard 2005).
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species has been found buried in sediments at the bottom of the sea or covered in mud and ooze (Gore 1984) at depths between 1,760 and 4,064 m.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is unlikely that any major threat is impacting this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no conservation measures in place for this species. Further research into the population demographics, habitat and threats to this species is suggested as these data are lacking. Monitoring should be carried out because if threat levels do increase, significant population declines may occur in the future.

Citation: Chan, T.Y. 2011. Willemoesia forceps. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2011: e.T185050A8358227. . Downloaded on 24 March 2018.
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