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Cerion (Multistrophia) lewisi Clench, 1961

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Cerion (Multostrophia) lewisi Clench, 1961: 255-256, pl. 43, fig. 5.

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Geographic Distribution: Caicos Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands.

Type Locality: Pine Cay, Caicos Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands [21° 49.307' N, 72° 8.601' W]

Type Material: Holotype, USNM 610286

Paratypes from the same locality are in MCZ 221564.

Additional Records

Blue Hill, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands., [21° 47' N, 71° 17' W]. USNM 1080845 June 2005

FMNH 306120 Caicos Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands [21° 19.14' N, 71° 14.99' W]. E coast of Salt Cay, N end of North Creek, lagoon with black mangrove, on vegetation near mangrove stand RB-1874 R. Bieler & P. Sierwald April 3, 2004


Remarks. C. lewisi is not closely related to any other species of Cerion in the Turks and Caicos Islands.  It appears to be nearest to C. lepidum Clench and Aguayo of Punta de Mulas, Banes, Cuba, the same species which may be ancestral to the C. rubicundum Menke complex on Great Inagua. It is to be noted that this species is limited to the northwestern cays of the Caicos Islands.

     It is quite possible that all species in the subgenus Multotrophia are derivatives of C. lepidum from Cuba. In general, the species in this subgenus are rather light in structure, most are finely ribbed or smooth, and in the Bahamas occur on the western sides of the large islands or the western cays of the small island groups.(Clench, 1961:255)

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