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Redescription and ecology of Batillipes phreaticus Renaud-Debyser, 1959 (Arthrotardigrada, Batillipedidae) in the Gulf of Valencia (western Mediterranean)
Villora-Moreno, S.; De Zio Grimaldi, S. (1993). Redescription and ecology of Batillipes phreaticus Renaud-Debyser, 1959 (Arthrotardigrada, Batillipedidae) in the Gulf of Valencia (western Mediterranean). Cah. Biol. Mar. 34(3): 387-399
In: Cahiers de Biologie Marine. Station Biologique de Roscoff: Paris. ISSN 0007-9723, more
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  • Villora-Moreno, S.
  • De Zio Grimaldi, S.

Abstract
    Three sandy beach localities along the Mediterranean coast of the Iberian Peninsula were sampled for meiofauna: two in Valencia and one in Tarragona. The samples revealed two species of marine tardigrades, Batillipes pennaki and B. phreaticus, that are new additions to the Iberian fauna. Here we provide life history and morphometric data for B. phreaticus, as well as a redescription of their adult morphology. An analysis of spatial distribution shows that this species is particularly abundant in the retention zone (midlittoral level) and in the shallow infralittoral level.

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