Marine Biodiversity

, Volume 44, Issue 2, pp 163–172 | Cite as

Syntopy in rare marine interstitial crustaceans (Amphipoda, Ingolfiellidae) from small coral islands in the Molucca Sea, Indonesia

  • Ronald Vonk
  • Damià Jaume
Original Paper


Ingolfiella botoi, a new species of ingolfiellid amphipod, is described in syntopy with the recently described I. moluccensis from the coarse coral sand interstitial medium of the Gura Ici Islands (Molucca Sea, Indonesia). The new taxon is unique among ingolfiellideans in the display of a multidenticulate unguis on P5–P6. The new species shares most character state resemblances with I. quadridentata Stock 1979, from coarse sublittoral sands up to 4 m depth in Curaçao (Leeward Antilles). This is the third record of syntopy among members of this elusive group of stygobiont amphipods.


Ingolfiella botoi n. sp Co-occurrence Marine interstitial medium Sandy beaches Subterranean amphipods Infauna Halmahera Selatan Maluku Utara 



We are grateful to Prof. Dr. Suharsono, Director of RCO-LIPI, for sponsoring the research. Ir. Yosephine Tuti assisted in the preparations and logistics of the expedition. We thank Mr. Fasmi Ahmad, head of the LIPI research station in Ternate, for his assistance. Mr. Sumadijo (RCO-LIPI, Jakarta) and students Samar Ishak and Dodi Kahar assisted in the fieldwork and were guides and translators; their help and creativity were indispensable. Bert Hoeksema (Naturalis, Leiden) and Oliver Coleman (Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin) are thanked for helpful comments and suggestions concerning this paper, as is an anonymous reviewer who clarified important matters. The research permit was issued by the Indonesian State Ministry of Research and Technology (RISTEK). Contribution to Spanish MCINN project CGL2012-33597, partially financed with FEDER funds.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Naturalis Biodiversity CenterLeidenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem DynamicsUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3. Instituto Mediterráneo de Estudios Avanzados, IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB)EsporlesSpain

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