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Review of the southern African Leptestheriidae (Branchiopoda: Spinicaudata) I: redescription of Leptestheria brevirostris Barnard, 1924 with comments on diagnostic characters

Kansas Biological Survey and the Natural History Museum (Biodiversity Institute), Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas, USA.
Department of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology, Botswana International University of Science and Technology, Palapye, Botswana.
Department of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology, Botswana International University of Science and Technology, Palapye, Botswana. Department of Zoology and Entomology, Rhodes University, Makhanda, South Africa.
South African Environmental Observation Network, P.O. Box 110040, Hadison Park, Kimberley, 8306, South Africa.
Crustacea Africa clam shrimp rock pools Botswana


We present the first records of Leptestheria brevirostris since its discovery in Namibia by Barnard in 1924. Our records come from Botswana and South Africa, and present significant range extensions. We redescribe L. brevirostris according to modern standards and present the first description of the male. We also discovered that L. brevirostris is likely a rock pool specialist, specific to sandstone and gneiss outcrops; this is the first record of a rock pool specialist clam shrimp from Africa and the second rock pool specialist described for Leptestheriidae. Finally, we depict and discuss the validity and usefulness of diagnostic characters for Leptestheria species in southern Africa, especially the usefulness of carapace interval ornamentation.



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