Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Rafael Lemaitre

Research Zoologist and Curator of Crustacea
Department / Division
  • B.A., Universidad J. Tadeo Lozano
  • M.S., Florida International University
  • Ph.D., University of Miami
Research Interests

Systematics, biology, and zoogeography of decapod crustaceans, especially hermit crabs, worldwide.

Journal Article
Book Chapter
  • Lemaitre, Rafael. 2013. "The genus Paragiopagurus Lemaitre, 1996 (Crustacea, Decapoda, Anomura, Paguroidea, Parapaguridae): A worldwide review and summary, with descriptions of five new species." In Tropical Deep-Sea Benthos 27. Ayhong, Shane, Chan, Tin-Yam, Corbari, Laure, and Ng, Peter, editors. 311–421. In Mémoires du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle.
  • Richer, de Forges, Chan, T. Y., Corbari, L., Lemaitre, Rafael, Macpherson, E., Ahyong, Shane, and Ng, Peter. 2013. "The MUSORSTOM-TDSB deep-sea benthos exploration program (1976-2012): An overview of crustacean discoveries and new perspectives on deep-sea zoology and biogeography." In Tropical Deep-Sea Benthos 27. Ayhong, Shane, Chan, Tin-Yam, Corbari, Laure, and Ng, Peter, editors. 13–66. In Mémoires du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle.
  • Felder, Darryl L., Alvarez, F., Goy, J. W., and Lemaitre, Rafael. 2009. "Decapoda (Crustacea) of the Gulf of Mexico, with comments on the Amphionidacea." In Gulf of Mexico Origin, Waters and Biota Vol. 1, Biodiversity. Felder, Darryl L. and Camp, David K., editors. 1019–1104. College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Press.
  • Felder, Darryl L., Dworschak, Peter C., Robles, Rafael, Bracken, Heather D., Windsor, Amanda M., Felder, Jennifer M., and Lemaitre, Rafael. 2009. "Obvious invaders and overlooked infauna: Unexpected constituents of the decapod crustacean fauna at Twin Cays, Belize." In Proceedings ofthe Smithsonian Marine Science Symposium. Lang, Michael A., Macintyre, Ian G., and Rützler, Klaus, editors. 181–188. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press. In Smithsonian Contributions to the Marine Sciences.
  • Lemaitre, Rafael. 2006. "Paragiopagurus ventilatus Lemaitre, 2004." In Handbook of deep-sea hydrothermal vent fauna, 2nd ed. Desbruyères, D., Segonzac, M., and Bright, M., editors. 435–435. Landes Museen.
  • Campos, Nestor Hernando, Lemaitre, Rafael, and Navas, Gabriel Rodolfo. 2003. "La fauna de crustaceos decapodos de la costa Caribe colombiana: un aporte al conocimiento de la biodiversidad en Colombia." In El Mundo marino en Colombia: Investigacion y Desarrollo de territorios olvidados. 174–184. Bogata, Colombia: Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogata.
  • Lemaitre, Rafael. 2002. "Colecciones y Museos. Biodiversidad: una historia natural." In Biodiversidad Una cuestion debida. 55–64. La Tadeo.
  • Lemaitre, Rafael. 1999. "Crustacea decapoda." In Atacama Trech International Expedition (ATIE). Agor 60 "Vidal Gormaz" (1-6 September 1997). Second report. Preliminary results. 25–30. Genoa: Universita' di Genova. 56
  • Lemaitre, Rafael. 1999. "Planes Marinus Rathbun, 1914." In Atacama Trench International Expedition (ATIE). 25–30. Univerista' de Genova. Istituto Scienze Ambientali Marine. Facolta di Scienze Matematiche, Fisiche e Naturali. In Data Report.
Conference Proceedings
  • Lemaitre, Rafael and McLaughlin, Patsy A. 2003. "On hermit crab mythology, and how kings became hermits." from The Crustacean Society 2003 Summer Meeting in The Crustacean Society 2003 Summer Meeting. 47.
Book Review
  • Lemaitre, Rafael. 1999. [Book review] "Traité de zoologi. Tome VII. Crustacés. Fascicle 2. Generalités (suite) et systématique. 1996. Masson, Paris, France. Pp. 1-1002, 426 plates and figures, 22 tables." Journal of Crustacean Biology, 19, 924–927.
  • Lemaitre, Rafael. 1997. [Book review] "Crustacea Decapoa Anomura: Revision du genre Trizopagurus Forest, 1952 (Diogenidae), avec l&#39etablissement de deux genres nouveaux. 1995." Crustaceana, 70, 508–509.
  • Lemaitre, Rafael. 1994. [Book review] "Lobsters, Florida, Bahamas, the Caribbean. 1991. Green Turtle Publications, Plantation, 512 pp." Bulletin of Marine Science, 54, 1089–1090.
  • Ramos, G. E. and Lemaitre, Rafael. 1991. [Book review] "Henry von Prahl (1948-1989)." Journal of Crustacean Biology, 11, 473–476.
  • Lemaitre, Rafael. 1987. [Book review] "A Field Guide to Caribbean Reef Invertebrates. 1986. E. J. Brill, Leiden, 112 pp." Sea Frontiers, 33, 312–313.
  • Lemaitre, Rafael. 1987. [Book review] "Crabs of Cape Cod. 1986. The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Natural History series No. 3, 80 pp." Estuaries, 10, 351.