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A new species of Halophytophilus Brian, 1919 (Copepoda: Harpacticoida: Ectinosomatidae) from cold-water corals in the Porcupine Seabight (NE Atlantic)
Gheerardyn, H.; Seifried, S.; Vanreusel, A. (2008). A new species of Halophytophilus Brian, 1919 (Copepoda: Harpacticoida: Ectinosomatidae) from cold-water corals in the Porcupine Seabight (NE Atlantic). Zootaxa 1761(1761): 1-16
In: Zootaxa. Magnolia Press: Auckland. ISSN 1175-5326, more
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Keywords
    Deep sea; Systematics; Ectinosomatidae Sars G.O., 1903 [WoRMS]; Halophytophilus lopheliae Gheerardyn, Seifried & Vanreusel, 2008 [WoRMS]; Lophelia pertusa (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; ANE, Porcupine Seabight [Marine Regions]; Marine
Author keywords
    Ectinosomatidae; Halophytophilus lopheliae; systematics; deep sea;Lophelia pertusa

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  • Gheerardyn, H., more
  • Seifried, S.
  • Vanreusel, A., more

Abstract
    The first deep-sea representative of Halophytophilus Brian, 1919 is described from samples of dead cold-water coral fragments, glass sponge skeletons and underlying sediment collected from the Porcupine Seabight (NE Atlantic). Halophytophilus lopheliae sp. nov. can be distinguished from its congeners by the dimensions of the P1 endopod and the position of the inner seta on its proximal segment. Moreover, we present the first description of a male in this genus. The occurrence of Halophytophilus and three other ectinosomatid genera with prehensile first legs is remarkable in the deep sea and an indication that the hard substrates of the coral degradation zone may provide an exceptional habitat. A key to the five species of Halophytophilus is included.

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