Cryptocorynetes elmorei, a new species of Remipedia (Crustacea) from an anchialine cave on Eleuthera, Bahamas
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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.
KeywordsBlue hole Great Bahama Bank Discoid organs
We would like to thank Jill Yager for providing us with SEM photos of Cryptocorynetes haptodiscus, and discussing diagnostic characters of the genus with us. Moreover, we are grateful to Brett Gonzalez, who took photographs of living specimens of the type material. We thank the Cape Eleuthera Institute for providing logistical assistance for our work on Eleuthera. Members of the 2007 Eleuthera Cave Expedition included Renee Bishop (Penn State University, Dunmore, PA), Brian Kakuk (Bahamas Caves Research Foundation, Abaco, Bahamas), Gregg Stanton (Wakulla Diving Center, Tallahassee, FL), Tamara Thomsen (Diversions Scuba, Madison, WI) and Texas A&M University graduate students Jenipher Cate, Brett Gonzalez, and Lara Hinderstein. This study was supported by a grant from the German Science Foundation to S. Koenemann (DFG KO 3483/1–1). Biological collections from caves in the Bahamas were carried out under the terms of a Marine Resource Collecting Permit issued by the Bahamas Department of Fisheries to Thomas Iliffe. Cave investigations on Eleuthera were funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (DEB-0315903) to T.M. Iliffe.
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