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Free Content Labidocera (Copepoda, Calanoida): New and Poorly Known Caribbean Species with a Key to Species in the Western Atlantic

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Two new species of marine planktonic copepods, genus Labidocera, and the hitherto unknown male of L. panamae are described. The new species were collected separately from nearshore waters off the West Indian islands of Barbuda and Antigua. Males of L. panamae accompanied by females and various juvenile copepodid stages were found near Cape San Blas, Panama. The three species are assigned to the Labidocera jollae species group.

The unusual spermatophore morphology found in one of the new species is characterized. The coupler of this spermatophore type fails to cover the female genital pore, and spermatozoan passage to the genital pore is considered relative to gelatinous secretions common to pontellid spermatophores. A key to the species of Labidocera found in the western North and South Atlantic oceans and the Caribbean Sea is presented.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 1979-04-01

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