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Hydrobiologia

, Volume 308, Issue 1, pp 1–11 | Cite as

Copepods of the genus Halicyclops (Cyclopidae) from Belize

  • Carlos Eduardo Falavigna da Rocha
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Abstract

Halicyclops tetracanthus sp.n. and H. venezuelaensis Lindberg were found in the Sittee River Estuary, Belize. The new species is distinguished from all its congeners by having a distal spine and two spiniform heterogeneously ornamented setae on the inner margin of the terminal endopodal segment of legs 2 and 3. Halicyclops venezuelaensis, previously known only from Venezuela is redescribed based on specimens of both sexes. Differences in the ornamentation as well as in the relative length of some setae of the maxilla and maxilliped are pointed out as additional useful characters in the taxonomy of Halicyclops. This is the first record of Halicyclops in Belize.

Key words

Taxonomy Copepoda Cyclopidae Halicyclops Carribean Fauna Belize brackish water 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlos Eduardo Falavigna da Rocha
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  1. 1.Departamento de ZoologiaInstituto de Biociências, Universidade de São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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