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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3765.4.4

Three new Nannastacidae (Crustacea: Cumacea) species from a Caribbean mesophotic ecosystem

IORGU PETRESCU, TAPAS CHATTERJEE, NIKOLAOS V. SCHIZAS

Abstract


Examination of substrata from the mesophotic reefs of Mona Island, Puerto Rico yielded 3 new species of cumaceans, all from the family Nannastacidae: Cumella achimae sp. nov., C. victoriae sp. nov. and Nannastacus craciuni sp. nov. The 3 new species bring the total of new cumacean taxa described from the mesophotic reefs of US Caribbean to 9, highlighting the potential of mesophotic reefs as a biodiversity hotspot. For the first time we report the genus Nannastacus from the Caribbean Sea.

 


Keywords


Cumacea, new species, mesophotic cruise, tri-mix rebreathers.

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