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Free Content Bopyrid Isopods Parasitizing Hermit Crabs in the Northwestern Atlantic Ocean

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Recent extensive sampling of hermit crabs along the northwestern Atlantic coast from Canada to Brazil has produced 19 species infested by 11 different species of bopyrid isopods belonging to two subfamilies plus two specimens which may represent undescribed species. Of the 11 species, two are described as new, eight are recorded from new localities and/or new hosts, and one, a new species being described elsewhere, is mentioned. A key to the species considered is provided, complete synonymies for all species are presented or cited, and previously published accounts of their occurrence are summarized. Additional descriptive notes, where appropriate, are presented for the species already described. A brief discussion of the distribution of those bopyrids infesting hermit crabs in the region is included.

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Publication date: 1978-01-01

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