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A new genus of Cletodidae (Copepoda; Harpacticoida) from the Bohai Sea, China

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Neoacrenhydrosoma zhangi gen. et sp. nov. is described from specimens recovered from muddy sediments in the shallow waters of the Bohai Sea. On the basis of the structure of the mouthparts, P5 of both sexes and the female genital field, it is suggested that the taxon is related to the Acrenhydrosoma-complex within the Cletodidae. It differs from other known genera in the structure of the exopod in P2-P4 which is two-segmented as a result of the failure to separate the proximal two segments of a three-segmented ramus; and the P5 in as much as the mucroniform process incorporates the exopod, as well as the endopodal lobe of the baseoendopod.
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Keywords: BOHAI SEA; CHINA; CLETODIDAE; COPEPODA; HARPACTICOIDA; NEOACRENHYDROSOMA GEN. NOV

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Centre for Coastal and Marine Sciences, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Prospect Place, West Hoe, Plymouth PL1 3DH, UK; 2: Department of Life Sciences, Ocean University of Qingdao, 5, Yushan Road, Qingdao 26003, Peoples' Republic of China;

Publication date: 2000-06-01

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