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An enigmatic Rhachotropis (Crustacea: Amphipoda: Eusiridae) from New Zealand



The eusirid genus Rhachotropis S.I. Smith, 1883 has a worldwide distribution and the largest bathymetric range known from any amphipod genus. A large, charismatic, colourful species was collected below 800 m at two sites 1000 km apart on the southern Kermadec Ridge and on the Chatham Rise in the south-western Pacific off eastern New Zealand. The new species, Rhachotropis oweni is described, increasing the total number of Rhachotropis to 61 species worldwide, including six species from New Zealand waters.



Crustacea, Amphipoda, Rhachotropis, deep sea, New Zealand

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