Porcellana sigsbeiana Striped Porcelain Crab (tentative)

    This colorful little specimen, measuring 25-30 mm., was photographed as it sat in a tide pool near the south St. Johns River jetty at Mayport Naval Station Beach, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida on 4/16/2012.

Porcellana sigsbeiana Striped Porcelain Crab (tentative)

Charles Dwight Sigsbee    Interestingly, Porcellana sigsbeiana was named in honor of Charles Dwight Sigsbee (January 16, 1845 - July 13, 1923) - a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy. Earlier in his career he was a pioneering oceanographer and hydrographer but is best remembered as the captain of the USS Maine which exploded in Havana harbor, Cuba in 1898 setting off the events that led up to the start of the Spanish American War.

    Along with CDR J. R. Bartlett, LCDR Sigsbee, commanded the research vessel Blake directing what was arguably the most productive era of research in marine invertebrate zoology in American history, e.g., Dall (1881, 1886, 1889, etc).

    It is fitting that both naval officers were honored with eponyms, e.g.,
Cerithiopsis sigsbeana Dall, 1881; Pecten [now Pectinella] sigsbeei Dall, 1886; Pleurotoma sigsbei Dall, 1881 (= Pleurotoma [now Leucosyrinx] verrillii Dall, 1881); and Solarium [now Solatisonax] sigsbeei Dall, 1889; in addition to Porcellana sigsbeiana Milne-Edwards, 1880 [note the variation in orthography] for the LCDR; For the CDR Bartlett examples include: Columbarium [now Fulgurofusus] bartletti Clench and Aguayo, 1940; Dentalium [now Antalis] bartletti Henderson, 1920; and Mangilia bartlettii  Dall, 1889 (= Mangelia [now Leucosyrinx] inepta E.A. Smith, 1882) .

Dall, W.H., 1881. Reports on the results of dredging, under the supervision of Alexander Agassiz, in the Gulf of Mexico, and in the Caribbean Sea, 1877-79, by the United States Coast Survey Steamer Blake. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 9: 33-144. August.

Dall, W.H., 1886. Reports on the results of dredging, under the supervision of Alexander Agassiz, in the Gulf of Mexico (1877-78), and in the Caribbean Sea (1879-80), by the U. S. Coast Survey Steamer Blake. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 12: 171-318 + pls. 1-9. September.

Dall, W.H., 1889.  Reports on the results of dredging, under the supervision of Alexander Agassiz, in the Gulf of Mexico (1877-78) and in the Caribbean Sea (1879-80), by the by the U.S. Coast Survey Steamer Blake, Lieut.-Commander C.D. Sigsbee, U.S.N., and Commander J. R. Bartlett, U.S.N., commanding. XXIX. Report on the Mollusca. Part 2, Gastropoda and Scaphopoda. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 18: 1-492 + pls. 10-40.