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Description and phylogenetic position of the first sand-dwelling entoproct from the western coast of North America: Loxosomella vancouverensis sp. nov.
Rundell, R.J.; Leander, B.S. (2012). Description and phylogenetic position of the first sand-dwelling entoproct from the western coast of North America: Loxosomella vancouverensis sp. nov. Mar. Biol. Res. 8(3): 284-291. dx.doi.org/10.1080/17451000.2011.619545
In: Marine Biology Research. Taylor & Francis: Oslo; Basingstoke. ISSN 1745-1000, more
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Keywords
    Biodiversity; Meiofauna; Entoprocta [WoRMS]; Loxosomatidae Hincks, 1880 [WoRMS]; INE, Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver I. [Marine Regions]; INE, North Pacific coast; Marine

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  • Rundell, R.J.
  • Leander, B.S.

Abstract
    The Entoprocta is a poorly known lineage of suspension-feeding animals, with 180 described species, most of which are colonial or commensal. A small number of interstitial entoprocts are known, and these are from very few localities in Europe and the eastern coast of North America. We found the solitary entoproct reported here while undertaking a meiofaunal biodiversity survey off the western coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This species, Loxosomella vancouverensis sp. nov., is the first putatively meiofaunal entoproct described from the western coast of North America.

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