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Mortensen (1921) described this species based on specimens he obtained from Taboga Island, in the Gulf of Panama, eastern Pacific. Lessios (2005) reports that he has only seen two specimens of this species collected off Isla Saboga in the Perlas Archipelago (8 38 N, 79 03 W). H. L. Clark (1925) and Mortensen (1928-51) speculated that Lytechinus from Peru and Ecuador may not be L. semituberculatus but rather L. panamensis, with the larvae of this species occaisionally settling in the Gulf of Panama, forming transient populations, that do not receive regular recruitment.


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Source: The Echinoderms of Panama

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