Systematic Parasitology

, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 19–33 | Cite as

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

  • Geoffrey A. Boxshall
  • Rony Huys


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).


Evolutionary Scheme Canal System Limb Segment Parasitic Copepod Sponge Host 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoffrey A. Boxshall
    • 1
  • Rony Huys
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyThe Natural History MuseumLondonUK

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