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Redescription and first record of Cymbasoma boxshalli and Monstrilla inserta (Copepoda: Monstrilloida) from Curaçao, eastern Caribbean Sea AU: Author
Suárez-Morales, E. (2001). Redescription and first record of Cymbasoma boxshalli and Monstrilla inserta (Copepoda: Monstrilloida) from Curaçao, eastern Caribbean Sea AU: Author. Cah. Biol. Mar. 42(3): 243-254
In: Cahiers de Biologie Marine. Station Biologique de Roscoff: Paris. ISSN 0007-9723, more
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  • Suárez-Morales, E.

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    From a collection of epibenthic fauna in the reef area of Curacao, eastern Caribbean Sea, three female monstrilloid copepods were recorded. One was identified as Cymbasoma boxshalli, a species which has been recorded previously only once, in the western Caribbean. Its original description lacks relevant details and it is redescribed here following new, upgraded standards. A comparison is made with the very closely related species Cymbasoma rigidum and C. claparedii. The other specimens were identified as Monstrilla inserta, a rare species which has not been adequately described. This species shows several distinctive characters, including the peculiar structures of the antennules and the fifth legs, and an anterior cephalic protuberance. The species is redescribed based on both the type specimens and the Caribbean material. Due to the lack of a designated holotype of the original syntypic series, a lectotype specimen and paralectotype specimens are designated. This species has been previously recorded only in the Indo-Malayan region and Japan. Its presence in the Caribbean seems to be related to post-Cretaceous dispersal trends connecting southeastern Asia and the Caribbean

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