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On the continental Copepod fauna of Morocco
Dumont, H.J.; Decraemer, W. (1977). On the continental Copepod fauna of Morocco. Hydrobiologia 52(2-3): 257-278.
In: Hydrobiologia. Springer: The Hague. ISSN 0018-8158, more
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    Calanoida Cyclopoida Harpacticoida Zoogeography Morocco

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  • Dumont, H.J., more
  • Decraemer, W., more

    A series of samples, collected in different parts of Morocco, contained 26 species and one subspecies of Copepoda. Ten among these are new to the fauna of Morocco and one is new to Science. Two species (Eucyclops hadjebensis Kiefer and Mixodiaptomus laciniatus atlantis Kiefer) are endemic to Morocco; Afrocyclops gibsoni Brady and Thermocyclops schuurmanae Kiefer are Ethiopan species. The former reaches its limit of Northern extent East of the Atlas mountains; the latter is a pluvial relict. The remaining species have either a cosmopolitan, circummediterranean or North-African distribution, with the exception of Cyclops abyssorum mauretaniae which is a southern element of the Eurasiatic genus Cyclops. Its taxonomical status is reviewed in some detail. Thermocyclops infrequens Kiefer is synonymized with T. schuurmanae Kiefer. It is concluded that the largest gaps in our knowledge of the Copepoda of Morocco are now in the group of the Harpacticoida.

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