Type Oceanographic cruise
Ship Alis
Ship owner IRD
Dates 11/08/1997 - 13/09/1997
Chief scientist(s) RICHER DE FORGES Bertrand




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DOI 10.17600/97100020
Objective Inventory of benthic marine fauna in the Marquesas archipelago. This falls under the MUSORSTOM project. The MUSORSTOM - Tropical Deep-Sea Benthos cruise programme arose from collaboration between the MNHN national museum of natural history and the IRD research institute for development (formerly ORSTOM), and aims to explore and take inventory of bathyal marine fauna in the tropical Indo-Pacific Ocean. Since 1976, twenty-four missions have been conducted: in the Philippines (1976, 1980, 1985), the Chesterfield Islands (1984, 1988), New Caledonia (1985, 1986, 1993, 1994, 1999), Indonesia (1991), Wallis and Futuna (1992), Vanuatu (1994), the Marquesas Islands (1997), Austral Islands (2002), Salomon Islands (2000), Tonga Islands (2000), Taiwan (2000, 2001) and Fiji Islands (1998, 1999). This programme to explore the marine fauna is in the tradition of the great expeditions organized between 1870 and 1920, the most famous of them being the circumnavigation by the British admiralty vessel HMS Challenger, which sailed round the world twice between 1872 and 1876.



Richer De Forges Bertrand, Ahyong Shane T, Castro Peter, Chan Tin-Yam, Clark Paul F, Lemaitre Rafael, Macpherson Enrique, Ng Peter K L, Poore Gary C B, Poupin Joseph, Tavares Marcos (2021). Alain Crosnier’s role in modern carcinology: exploration, international collaboration, and taxonomy. Journal of Crustacean Biology, 41(3), ruab031 (8p.).

Hutchings Pat, Carrerette Orlemir, Nogueira João M. M., Hourdez Stephane, Lavesque Nicolas (2021). The Terebelliformia-Recent Developments and Future Directions. Diversity, 13(2), 60 (32p.). Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Rodríguez‐flores Paula C., Buckley David, Macpherson Enrique, Corbari Laure, Machordom Annie (2020). Deep‐sea squat lobster biogeography (Munidopsidae: Leiogalathea ) unveils Tethyan vicariance and evolutionary patterns shared by shallow‐water relatives. Zoologica Scripta, 49(3), 340-356.

Delavenne Juliette, Keszler Louise, Castelin Magalie, Lozouet Pierre, Maestrati Philippe, Samadi Sarah (2019). Deep-sea benthic communities in the largest oceanic desert are structured by the presence of polymetallic crust. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 6977 (11 p.). Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Rodriguez-Flores Paula C., Macpherson Enrique, Machordom Annie (2019). Revision of the squat lobsters of the genus Leiogalathea Baba, 1969 (Crustacea, Decapoda, Munidopsidae) with the description of 15 new species. Zootaxa, 4560(2), 201-256.

Tenorio Manuel J., Monnier Eric, Puillandre Nicolas (2018). Notes on Afonsoconus Tucker & Tenorio, 2013 (Gastropoda, Conidae), with description of a new species from the Southwestern Indian Ocean. European Journal Of Taxonomy, 472, 20p. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Kantor Yuri I., Fedosov Alexander E., Snyder Martin Avery, Bouchet Philippe (2018). Pseudolatirus Bellardi, 1884 revisited, with the description of two new genera and five new species (Neogastropoda: Fasciolariidae). European Journal Of Taxonomy, 433, 1-57. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Yang Chien-Hui, Sha Zhongli, Chan Tin-Yam, Liu Ruiyu (2015). Molecular phylogeny of the deep-sea penaeid shrimp genus Parapenaeus (Crustacea: Decapoda: Dendrobranchiata). Zoologica Scripta, 44(3), 312-323.

Brosseau Olivier, Murienne Jerome, Pichon Delphine, Vidal Nicolas, Eleaume Marc, Ameziane Nadia (2012). Phylogeny of Cidaroida (Echinodermata: Echinoidea) based on mitochondrial and nuclear markers. Organisms Diversity & Evolution, 12(2), 155-165.

Cabezas Patricia, Sanmartin Isabel, Paulay Gustav, Macpherson Enrique, Machordom Annie (2012). Deep under the sea : unraveling the evolutionary history of the deep-sea squat lobster paramunida (Decapoda, munididae). Evolution, 66(6), 1878-1896.

Ho H. -C., Seret Bernard, Shao K. -T. (2011). Records of anglerfishes (Lophiiformes: Lophiidae) from the western South Pacific Ocean, with descriptions of two new species. Journal Of Fish Biology, 79(7), 1722-1745.

Cabezas Patricia, Macpherson Enrique, Machordom Annie (2008). A new genus of squat lobster (decapoda : anomura : galatheidae) from the south West Pacific and Indian ocean inferred from morphological and molecular evidence. Journal Of Crustacean Biology, 28(1), 68-75.

Macpherson E, Machordom A (2001). Phylogenetic relationships of species of Raymunida (Decapoda : Galatheidae) based on morphology and mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase sequences, with the recognition of four new species. Journal Of Crustacean Biology, 21(3), 696-714.[0696:PROSOR]2.0.CO;2

References of Articles published in other Periodicals or Scientific Works acclaimed in the Field

Houart Roland, Zuccon Dario, Puillandre Nicolas (2019). Description of new genera and new species of Ergalataxinae (Gastropoda: Muricidae). Novapex, 20(HS12), 1-52.

Luque Angel A., Geiger Daniel L., Rolan Emilio (2011). A revision of the genus Satondella Bandel, 1998 (Gastropoda, Scissurellidae). Molluscan Research, 31(1), 1-14.

Cabezas Patricia, Macpherson Enrique, Machordom Annie (2010). Taxonomic revision of the genus Paramunida Baba, 1988 (Crustacea: Decapoda: Galatheidae): a morphological and molecular approach. Zootaxa, (2712), 1-60.

Komai Tomoyuki (2008). A world-wide review of species of the deep-water crangonid genus Parapontophilus Christoffersen, 1988 (Crustacea, Decapoda, Caridea), with descriptions of ten new species. Zoosystema, 30(2), 261-332.

Bouchet Philippe, Héros Virginie, Lozouet Pierre, Maestrati Philippe (2008). A quater-century of deep-sea malacological exploration in the South and West Pacific: Where do we stand? How far to go? Mémoires du Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, 25, 9-40.

Castro Peter (2007). A reappraisal of the family Goneplacidae MacLeay, 1838 (Crustacea, Decapoda, Brachyura) and revision of the subfamily Goneplacinae, with the description of 10 new genera and 18 new species. Zoosystema, 29(4), 609-774.

Vidal Jacques, Kirkendale Lisa (2007). Ten new species of Cardiidae (Mollusca, Bivalvia) from New Caledonia and the tropical western Pacific. Zoosystema, 29(1), 83-107.

Kool Hugo H., Dekker Henk (2006). Review of the Nassarius pauper (Gould, 1850) complex (Gastropoda: Nassariidae). Part 1, with the description of four new species from the Indo-West Pacific. Visaya, 1(6), 54-75.

Snyder Martin Avery, Bouchet Philippe (2006). New species and new records of deep-water Fusolatirus (Neogastropoda : Fasciolariidae) from the West Pacific. Journal Of Conchology, 39(1), 1-12.

Boyko Christopher B. (2003). A new genus and species of bopyrid isopod (Crustacea, Isopoda, Bopyridae, Orbioninae) parasitic on Sicyonia (Crustacea, Decapoda, Penaeoidea) from New Caledonia. Zoosystema, 25(4), 593-600.

Crosnier Alain (2003). Sicyonia (Crustacea, Decapoda, Penaeoidea, Sicyoniidae) de l’Indo-ouest Pacifique. Zoosystema, 25(2), 197-348.

Bouchet Philippe (2002). Protoconchs, dispersal, and tectonic plates biogeography: New Pacific species of Morum (Gastropoda : Harpidae). Journal Of Conchology, 37(5), 533-549.