Systematic Parasitology

, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 19-33

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Asterocheres reginae, a new species of parasitic copepod (Siphonostomatoida: Asterocheridae) from a sponge in Belize

  • Geoffrey A. BoxshallAffiliated withDepartment of Zoology, The Natural History Museum
  • , Rony HuysAffiliated withDepartment of Zoology, The Natural History Museum

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Asterocheres reginae n. sp., of the family Asterocheridae, is described from the spongeAgelas clathrodes (Schmidt) collected at Carrie Bow Cay, Belize. It inhabits the internal canal system of its sponge host. A detailed description of both sexes is presented, and emphasis has been placed on the recognition of homologies between the limb segments and armature elements in accordance with the new evolutionary scheme established by Huys & Boxshall (1991).