|Cladocera and free-living Copepoda from the Fouta Djalon and adjacent mountain areas in West Africa|Dumont, H.J. (1981). Cladocera and free-living Copepoda from the Fouta Djalon and adjacent mountain areas in West Africa. Hydrobiologia 85: 97-116. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/BF00006620
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Copepoda Cladocera West Africa Fouta Djalon biogeography
Thirty-two species of Cladocera and 27 species of free-living copepods were identified in a series of samples collected in 25 localities in and around the Fouta Djalon mountains, West Africa. Beside great richness in numbers of species, the nature of the fauna is noteworthy: at least 20% of the Cladocera and 50% of the copepods are endemic to West Africa. Possible palaeoclimatological reasons for this are discussed. The cladoceran genus Streblocerus is recorded from Africa for the first time. It is an element of northern origin in the fauna of West Africa. More examples of this kind are documented among the Copepoda Cyclopoida and Harpacticoida, but the bulk of the fauna is evidently of tropical origin. In particular, great adaptive radiation is occurring in the local representatives of the genus Tropocyclops. Three new species of Parastenocaris are described; they are the first representatives of this genus found in West Africa.