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Free Content A New Species of Cyamid (Crustacea: Amphipoda) From A Stranded Cetacean in Southern Bahia, Brazil

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The family Cyamidae comprises 28 species of parasitic crustaceans, all of which live exclusively on the skin of cetaceans. On 17 October 2000, a dead male of the shortfinned pilot whale, Globicephala macrorhynchus Gray, 1846, was found stranded in coastal waters of the municipality of Ilhéus, Bahia, Brazil. Two cyamid species were found attached to the pilot whale's epidermis. These whale-lice were collected and identified as Isocyamus delphinii Guérin-Méneville, 1836, and a new species of Syncyamus. This is the first record of these cyamid genera from the South American coast, and Syncyamus is recorded for the first time from a pilot whale. This record represents the third report of coexistence between Isocyamus and Syncyamus. This new species is erected on the basis of its external morphology and named Syncyamus ilheusensis. A list of new and previously published records of the genus Syncyamus is also presented.

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Publication date: 2004-11-01

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