Marine Biodiversity

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 517–530 | Cite as

A new parasitic deep-sea copepod from the Angola Basin (southeast Atlantic Ocean): Abyssotaurus vermiambatus gen. et sp. nov. (Copepoda: Cyclopoida: Serpulidicolidae Stock, 1979), with remarks on serpulidicolid systematics and a key to the species

  • Nils Brenke
  • Martin Fanenbruck
  • Kai Horst George
Original Paper


A new parasitic copepod, Abyssotaurus vermiambatus gen. et sp. nov. of the family Serpulidicolidae Stock (Copepoda, Cyclopoida), was discovered during the RV Meteor cruise M48/1 (DIVA 1) in the deep sea of the southeast Atlantic Ocean. Despite the doubtless affiliation of A. vermiambatus gen. et sp. nov. to Serpulidicolidae, the new species cannot be allocated into one of the currently known genera. It presents three autapomorphies: (i) fusion of the cephalosome with the remaining body somites, (ii) development of a derived labrum, and (iii) modification of the mandibular gnathobase into a strong masticatory apparatus. In addition to a detailed species description, a comprehensive phylogenetic evaluation of Serpulidicolidae using 52 morphological characters was realized. It confirms the monophyly of Serpulidicolidae, whose family diagnosis had to be amended, and reveals its closest relation to Nereicolidae Claus. Furthermore, some brief remarks on the biology of Serpulidicolidae, including an updated species checklist, are provided.


Parasitic Copepoda Deep sea Phylogeny DIVA CeDAMar 



The authors would like to thank Prof F. J. Cristobo Rodriguez and Prof V. Urgorri (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain), who discovered and provided this unique specimen. Thanks to Prof. Dr J.-W. Wägele (Zoologische Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Bonn, Germany) and also thanks to Prof. G.A. Boxshall (Natural History Museum, London), PhD. J. Ho (California State University, Long Beach), Prof Dr. T. Schram (University of Oslo), Dr. T. Hansknecht, Dr. D. Defaye (Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris), PhD. G. W. Benz (Tennessee Aquarium and Research Institute, Chattanooga), and Dr. B. Jones (Department of Fisheries South Perth, Australia), who kindly supported this work with helpful comments and discussions. We are grateful to Dr. B. Ebbe (Alfred Wegener Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Bremerhaven, Germany) and A. Allspach and Dr. D. Fiege (Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main, Germany) for their help with the identification of the Polychaeta. The authors would like to thank A. Kogelheide and I. Manstedt (University of Bochum) for their help with the illustrating work. This study was supported by grants of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) under contract nos. WA 530/27-1 and WA 530/23-2.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Senckenberg am Meer, German Centre for Marine Biodiversity Research DZMBWilhelmshavenGermany
  2. 2.OberkochenGermany

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