, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 71-78

Cryptocorynetes elmorei, a new species of Remipedia (Crustacea) from an anchialine cave on Eleuthera, Bahamas

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Abstract

We describe a new species of the crustacean class Remipedia based on three specimens collected from an anchialine cave on Eleuthera, an island of the Bahamian archipelago. Cryptocorynetes elmorei n. sp. is distinguished from the other two currently known species of the genus particularly by its extremely long maxillipeds bearing a relatively small terminal claw, the absence of discoid organs on the 4th segment of the maxilla, and the shape of its sternal bars. In addition, Cryptocorynetes elmorei is equipped with spiniform processes on the bases of the trunk limbs, and discoid organs that have a different shape than those of Cryptocorynetes haptodiscus.