|Linguimaera Pirlot, 1936 (Crustacea, Amphipoda, Melitidae), a valid genus|
Krapp-Schickel, T. (2003). Linguimaera Pirlot, 1936 (Crustacea, Amphipoda, Melitidae), a valid genus. Mem. Mus. Vic. 60(2): 257-283
In: Memoirs of the Museum of Victoria. Museum of Victoria: Melbourne. ISSN 0814-1827, more
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The genus Maera sensu lato is among the largest genera in the Melitidae, used as a catch-all for species lacking thedefining characters of other genera. Recently, several authors have started splitting this species flock into better-definedgenera and the present paper continues this task. It revives Linguimaera erected in 1936 by Pirlot, but soon after synonymisedagain with Maera. The most striking characters are a short third article of the mandibular palp, asymmetricalgnathopods in both sexes, epimeral plate 2 with a sinus, epimeral plate 3 serrate on its posterior margin and telsonic lobesasymmetrically incised. Eight species can be attributed to Linguimaera, of which seven are new: L. pirloti (type species),L. bogombogo, L. caesaris, L. garitima, L. kellissa, L. leo, L. mannarenis and L. tias.