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Gastrotricha from the Faroe Bank

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As part of the BIOFAR I programme 1987-1990, qualitative analyses of gastrotrichs have been carried out on samples of primarily carbonate sediment collected at the Faroe Bank. The taxonomic composition was examined and studies with respect to morphology performed. In total, 20 species, belonging to three macrodasyidan families and one chaetonotidan family, were recorded: Dactylopodolidae (three), Lepidodasyidae (three), Thaumastodermatidae (12), Chaetonotidae (two). Six new species are described: Lepidodasys arcolepis sp. nov., L. castoroides sp. nov., Tetranchyroderma faroense sp. nov., Thaumastoderma moebjergi sp. nov., Pseudostomella faroensis sp. nov., and Ptychostomella higginsi sp. nov. A seventh species, Platydasys sp. 1, is also probably new. Platydasys brachycephalus Lévi is transferred to the genus Ptychostomella Remane. The subspecies Diplodasys ankeli pacificus is given the rank of species.

Keywords: BIOFAR programme; Faroe Bank; Gastrotricha; meiofauna; new species; taxonomy

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: December 1, 2004

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