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Gelyelloida, a new order of stygobiont copepods from European karstic systems
Huys, R. (1988). Gelyelloida, a new order of stygobiont copepods from European karstic systems. Hydrobiologia 167-168: 485-495. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/978-94-009-3103-9_55
In: Hydrobiologia. Springer: The Hague. ISSN 0018-8158, more
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    Fresh water

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Abstract
    A new order, Gelyelloida, is proposed for Gelyella Rouch & Lescher-Moutoué,1977(ex Harpacticoida), an enigmatic genus of freshwater-inhabiting copepod from European karstic systems. The new order is characterized by a unique combination of generalised gnathostomous mouth parts and unusual derived features, some of them suggesting a possible neotenic origin for the order. It is suggested that gelyellids have had a long evolutionary history and separated as an early offshoot of the main cyclopoid lineage.

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