Freshwater Animal Diversity Assessment

Volume 198 of the series Developments in Hydrobiology pp 213-218

Global diversity of mysids (Crustacea-Mysida) in freshwater

  • Megan L. PorterAffiliated withDepartment of Biological Science, University of Maryland Email author 
  • , Kenneth MelandAffiliated withDepartment of Biology, University of Bergen
  • , Wayne PriceAffiliated withDepartment of Biology, University of Tampa

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In this article we present a biogeographical assessment of species diversity within the Mysida (Crustacea: Malacostraca: Peracarida) from inland waters. Inland species represent 6.7% (72 species) of mysid diversity. These species represent three of the four families within the Mysida (Lepidomysidae, Stygiomysidae, and Mysidae) and are concentrated in the Palaearctic and Neotropical regions. The inland mysid species distributional patterns can be explained by four main groups representing different freshwater invasion routes: (1) Subterranean Tethyan relicts (24 spp.); (2) Autochthonous Ponto-Caspian endemics (20 spp.); (3) Mysis spp. ‘Glacial Relicts’ (8 spp.); and (4) Euryhaline estuarine species (20 spp.). The center of inland mysid species diversity is the Ponto-Caspian region, containing 24 species, a large portion of which are the results of a radiation in the genus Paramysis.


Inland fauna Freshwater biology Mysid Diversity