Systematic Parasitology

, Volume 83, Issue 3, pp 243–248 | Cite as

A new species of Cancricepon Giard & Bonnier, 1887 (Isopoda: Bopyridae) from China

  • Jianmei AnEmail author
  • Haiyan Yu
  • Jason D. Williams


Specimens of the genus Cancricepon Giard & Bonnier, 1887 are recorded for the second time from China, and a new taxon, Cancricepon multituberosum n. sp., is described based on specimens parasitising the xanthid crab Liomera laevis (A. Milne-Edwards). Females of the new species can be distinguished from the other seven species of Cancricepon by the presence of mid-dorsal projections on all pereomeres and the absence of a palp on the maxilliped. Merocepon knudseni Danforth, 1970 is transferred to Cancricepon as C. knudseni (Danforth, 1970) n. comb. A table of the eight described species of Cancricepon is provided.


Head Width Lateral Plate Brood Pouch Holotype Female Gill Chamber 
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This study was supported by the National Science Foundation of China (Award No. 31101614). The authors would like to thank Prof. Ruiyu Liu (IOCAS) and Prof. Xinzheng Li (IOCAS) for their guidance in this study. We are indebted to Dr Christopher B. Boyko (Department of Biology, Dowling College & Division of Invertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History, USA.) for his advice and relevant literature. Thanks are also given to collectors from the China Comprehensive Oceanographic Survey (1980).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Life ScienceShanxi Normal UniversityLinfenPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Institute of OceanologyChinese Academy of SciencesQingdaoPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Department of BiologyHofstra UniversityNew YorkUSA

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