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A review of the marine and brackish-water species of Testudinella (Rotifera: Monogononta, Testudinellidae), with the description of two new species
De Smet, W.H. (2009). A review of the marine and brackish-water species of Testudinella (Rotifera: Monogononta, Testudinellidae), with the description of two new species. Zootaxa 2092(2092): 1-20
In: Zootaxa. Magnolia Press: Auckland. ISSN 1175-5326, more
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Keywords
    New species; Rotifera; Testudinella Bory de St. Vincent, 1826 [WoRMS]; MED, Mediterranean [Marine Regions]; Marine
Author keywords
    Rotifera; Flosculariaceae; Testudinella; new species; marine;Mediterranean

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Abstract
    Two new morphospecies of the rotifer genus Testudinella (Rotifera, Monogononta, Testudinellidae), T. bicorniculata sp. nov. AndT. elongata sp. nov., are described from marine psammon collected in the Mediterranean. T. bicorniculata sp. nov. is characterized by two antero-lateral lorica projections; dorsal and ventral anterior margins undulate with shallow median sinus; foot opening sub-terminal, inverted U-shaped; distal foot pseudosegment short; fulcrum with proximal opening. T. elongata sp. nov. is characterized by its strongly elongate and striate lorica; dorsal anterior margin tri-lobed; ventral margin projecting, almost straight; foot opening sub-terminal, inverted U-shaped; distal foot pseudosegment long; fulcrum with proximal opening. The new species are related to T. obscura Althaus, 1957, which is redescribed. Brief descriptions of the external morphology and trophi, as well as biogeographical information are provided for the other Testudinella species reported from marine and brackish environments. T. pseudoclypeata Berzinš, 1943 is synonymized with T. elliptica (Ehrenberg, 1834).

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