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A rare Mediterranean cumacean, Fontainella mediterranea (Crustacea), at the threshold of the Atlantic Ocean
López-Gonzáles, P.J.; Bandera, M.E.; Alfonso, M.I.; García-Gómez, J.C. (1996). A rare Mediterranean cumacean, Fontainella mediterranea (Crustacea), at the threshold of the Atlantic Ocean. Cah. Biol. Mar. 37(2): 113-120
In: Cahiers de Biologie Marine. Station Biologique de Roscoff: Paris. ISSN 0007-9723, more
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  • López-Gonzáles, P.J.
  • Bandera, M.E.
  • Alfonso, M.I.
  • García-Gómez, J.C.

Abstract
    During a study of the cumacean fauna from the coast of the Strait of Gibraltar and nearby areas some specimens of a rare cumacean, Fontainella mediterranea, were collected in coarse sand at 15-25 metres depth. This is the first record since its original description from the Libyan coast of El Hania. A careful examination of these cumaceans revealed some differences with the original description, mainly the structure and armature of oral appendages, pereopods in the female and thoracopods in the male. In addition, the structure of the first maxilla is shown for the first time in this genus. The present paper provides a redescription of Fontainella mediterranea and new biological and zoogeographical data.

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