Marine Biodiversity

, Volume 47, Issue 3, pp 921–928 | Cite as

A new Batillipes (Tardigrada, Heterotardigrada, Batillipedidae) from North Portugal (Atlantic Ocean)

  • Marcos RubalEmail author
  • Puri Veiga
  • Paulo Fontoura
  • Isabel Sousa-Pinto
Original Paper


The knowledge of marine tardigrades in the Iberian Peninsula is very scarce in comparison with those from limno-terrestrial environments. As part of an effort to improve the knowledge of marine tardigrades in the Iberian Peninsula, a new species of marine tardigrade, Batillipes minius sp. nov., is described from shallow subtidal coarse sand collected at Moledo, Northern Portugal, close to the mouth of the Minho river. The new species differs from all other Batillipes species by its combination of toe pattern, dorsal and ventral lateral projections, caudal apparatus, cuticle segmentation and the presence of a dorsal indentation in its head. This new species was found in well-oxygenated, shallow subtidal, medium-coarse sand with low organic matter content.


Arthrotardigrada Batillipes minius Shallow subtidal Meiofauna Soft bottom 



This research was partially financially supported by Polis Litoral Norte, S.A. through the project Estudo de caracterização da actividade pesqueira costeira e dos seus impactes nos recursos e nas comunidades marinhas do Litoral Norte, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the programme POFC-COMPETE, ‘Quadro de Referência Estratégico Nacional (QREN), and also by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, Portugal through the projects:PEst-C/MAR/LA0015/2011(CIIMAR) and Pest-OE/MAR/UI0331/2011 (Eco-Ethology Research Unit, now MARE). During this study, M. Rubal (SFRH/BDP/104225/2014) and P. Veiga (SFRH/BPD/81582/2011) were supported by postdoctoral grants awarded by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia. We are grateful to three anonymous referees for all the helpful comments and suggestions, which greatly improved this paper. We also want to thank Sandra McInnes, who kindly improved our English.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcos Rubal
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Puri Veiga
    • 1
    • 2
  • Paulo Fontoura
    • 2
    • 3
  • Isabel Sousa-Pinto
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Coastal Biodiversity, Centre of Marine and Environmental Research CIMAR/CIIMARUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.Department of Biology, Faculty of SciencesUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal
  3. 3.MARE, Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, ISPA – Instituto UniversitárioLisboaPortugal

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