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The first Turcolana Argano & Pesce, 1980 (Isopoda: Cirolanidae) from the Greek mainland

University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Biology, Jamnikarjeva 101, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.
University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Biology, Jamnikarjeva 101, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.
University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Biology, Jamnikarjeva 101, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Crustacea Turcolana lepturoides sp. nov. troglobiotic Greece cave key taxonomy


Turcolana Argano & Pesce, 1980 is the isopod genus occurring in freshwater and brackish groundwater environments around the eastern Mediterranean. In this study, a revised diagnosis of the genus, an updated map of species distribution and a key to species are presented. The first cave dwelling species is described from the Melissotrypa Cave in central Greece, a highly troglomorphic Turcolana lepturoides sp. nov. Its principal distinguishing characters are elongated appendages: styliform uropods (twice as long as pleotelson), antennae (half as long as body) and pereopods (e.g. pereopod 7 45% as long as body). Mitochondrial DNA sequences (16S rRNA, 12S rRNA) of the new species are provided.



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