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A new species of Caprella (Crustacea: Amphipoda) from the Mediterranean Sea
Sturaro, N.; Guerra-Garcia, J.M. (2012). A new species of Caprella (Crustacea: Amphipoda) from the Mediterranean Sea. Helgol. Mar. Res. 66(1): 33-42. dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10152-011-0244-5
In: Helgoland Marine Research. Springer: Berlin; Heidelberg. ISSN 1438-387X, more
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Keywords
    Amphipoda [WoRMS]; Caprellidae Leach, 1814 [WoRMS]; Posidonia oceanica (Linnaeus) Delile, 1813 [WoRMS]; Marine; Terrestrial
Author keywords
    Amphipoda; Caprellidae; New species; Marine protected area; Posidoniaoceanica; Mediterranean Sea

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  • Sturaro, N., more
  • Guerra-Garcia, J.M.

Abstract
    A new caprellid amphipod, Caprella tavolarensis n. sp., is described based on specimens collected from a Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadow at the Tavolara-Punta Coda Cavallo Marine Protected Area (Sardinia, Mediterranean Sea). The species is close to Caprella liparotensis, but can be clearly distinguished by smaller size, presence of a short rostrum, body elongate and dorsally smooth, absence of serrate carina on the basis of gnathopod 2 and pereopods, mouthparts scarcely setose, absence of fine setae on peduncle of antenna 1 and absence of swimming setae on antenna 2. The number of caprellid species reported from the Mediterranean Sea has increased from 23 (1993) to 41 (2010), consequently, further taxonomical studies should be addressed to properly estimate the total amphipod diversity in the Mediterranean Sea.

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