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Published: 2012-09-10

New genus and new species of Cumacea (Crustacea: Peracarida) from the mesophotic coral ecosystem of SW Puerto Rico, Caribbean Sea

Grigore Antipa’ National Museum of Natural History, Kiseleff1, Bucharest 011341, Romania
Department of Biology, Indian School of Learning, ISM Annexe, P.O. – ISM, Dhanbad 826004, Jharkhand, India
Department of Marine Sciences, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Call Box 9000, Mayagüez, PR 00681, USA
Crustacea Cumacea Nannastacidae new genus new species Puerto Rico mesophotic reefs

Abstract

Recent collections of the benthic macroand meiofauna associated with the mesophotic coral ecosystems of Puerto Rico haverevealed two new Cumacea from the family Nannastacidae. A new genus Cumellana and two new species, Cumellanacaribbica and Cumella alexandrinae are described herein. The new genus Cumellana can be distinguished from the other genera of the family Nannastacidae by having a long antennule and pereopod 2 with short terminal setae, equal in length.

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