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Table 1 Dromia personata. Historic catches and recent observations in the North Sea

From: First records of the sponge crab Dromia personata (Brachyura) in the Netherlands and its historical findings in the North Sea

Date Name in reference Location Depth n Sex Carapace width
(x length)
Reference Co-ordinate Remark
N E
1824 D. mediterranea, Leach Whitstable Bay      Anonymous 1824    Found among Oysters from Whitstable Bay at Billingsgate market, London.
Communicated by Mr. J.E. Gray and presented at June 22, 1824
1880 D. vulgaris Edw. deep water in open sea off the Belgian coast deep 1   almost 110 mm Pelseneer 1881 ? ?  
late Dec. 1912 D. vulgaris ‘Galloper’ light-vessel      Patterson 1913 51° 43,9’ 001° 57,8’ Taken by the Lowestoft sailing-trawler ‘Giralda’, skipper J. Stead.
Specimen presented by Mr. F.C. Cook. Co-ordinate from internet
29–05-1937 D. vulgaris Milne Edwards Sandettie bank (SW-end) 19–20 fathom
= 35–37 m
1 50 × 40 mm Leloup 1941 51° 11′ 30” 001° 52’ Dredged. Sandettie Bank rises up to −20 m, so catch must have been next to this bank. Specimen presented by Cyriel Pecceu, Nieuwpoort
June 1937 D. vulgaris Milne Edwards White Bank ~30 m 2 40 × 35 &
85 × 65 mm
Leloup 1941 footnote NW 55° 15′
SE 54° 30’
006° 00′
006° 3′
Reported by letter 22 June, 1937 by Cyriel Pecceu, Nieuwpoort
1949 to 1964 D. vulgaris H. Milne- Edwards within 5 nautical miles from the Belgian coast between Middelkerke & Wenduine   >1?    Leloup and Gilis 1965    Bycatch experimental shrimp fishery.
abundance cat. (3) = ‘assez rare’
16–12-1953 D. personata (Linnaeus, 1758) approximately near Fairy bank   1   Adema 1981, 1991 NW 51° 24′ 00”
SE 51° 21′ 10”
002° 18′ 30″
002° 22′ 10″
In collection Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels
? D. personata (Linnaeus, 1758) 2 locations Kent coast and 1 location Norfolk coast
Wash and Thames
     Adema 1991: map 1
Ingle 1983
   
11–08 to 30–10
2016
D. personata (Linnaeus, 1758) 16 records at 3 location in Eastern Scheldt, Netherlands 3–13 m ≥5 ♂ & ♀ ~ 55 mm this study see text   
09–04 to 02–08
2017
D. personata (Linnaeus, 1758) 3 records at 2 location in Eastern Scheldt, Netherlands 4–7 m ≥2    this study see text