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Stygobitic isopod crustaceans, already described or new, from Bermuda, the Bahamas, and Mexico,
Botosaneanu, L.; Iliffe, T.M. (2002). Stygobitic isopod crustaceans, already described or new, from Bermuda, the Bahamas, and Mexico,. Bull. Kon. Belg. Inst. Natuurwet. Biologie 2002: 101-111
In: Bulletin van het Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen. Biologie = Bulletin de l'Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique. Biologie. Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen: Bruxelles. ISSN 0374-6429, more
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  • Botosaneanu, L.
  • Iliffe, T.M.

Abstract
    This is a new contribution to the knowledge of the isopod fauna of subterranean aquatic habitats in the Western Atlantic. Several species of stygobitic Cirolanidae are recorded from new localities. Bahalana mayana (Cozumel and Yucatan Peninsula) is transferred to genus Metacirolana; to support this transfer some additional illustration is provided; this is one of the few cases enabling sound speculation about the marine (epigean) ancestors of subterranean adapted cirolanids. A new species of Bahalana, the fourth in this stygobitic Bahamian endemic genus, is described from a cave in the Exumas; study of speciation in Bahalana by isolation in various fragments of the Bahamian Archipelago could be a rewarding project.

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