Systematic Parasitology

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 75-79

First online:

A redescription of Cumoniscus Bonnier, 1903 (Crustacea: Tantulocarida) from a cumacean host in the Bay of Biscay

  • Rony HuysAffiliated withDepartment of Zoology, The Natural History Museum
  • , Geoffrey A. BoxshallAffiliated withDepartment of Zoology, The Natural History Museum
  • , Jean-Paul CasanovaAffiliated withLaboratoire de Biologie Animale (Plancton), Université de Provence

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Cumoniscus kruppi Bonnier, the only tantulocarid known from a cumacean host, is redescribed from a tantulus larva collected from the Bay of Biscay. The host is a male leuconid cumacean. This genus is placed in the family Deoterthridae, and can be distinguished from other genera by the pore pattern on the cephalic shield, the reduced setae on the sixth legs and the presence of tiny curved spinules on the endopod of thoracopods 2 to 5.