Marine Biodiversity

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 357–365 | Cite as

First record of the family Rhizotrichidae (Copepoda, Harpacticoida) from Turkey with description of a new species

  • Alp Alper
  • Serdar Sak
  • Orkan Metin
Original Paper


Both sexes of Tryphoema gallipoliensis sp. nov. (Copepoda, Harpacticoida, Rhizotrichidae), collected from the Gulf of Saros (Turkey), are described. Specimens were collected from Kavakköy beach, Çanakkale province. The new species can be distinguished from other members of the genus by the setal arrangement of the swimming legs, by having lanceolate spinulose apical spines on the distal exopod segment of P3 and P4, and by having four spines on both the baseoendopod and the exopod of female P5. With this study, the sexually dimorphic swimming legs are reported for the first time in the genus Tryphoema as well as in the family Rhizotrichidae. Furthermore, the family Rhizotrichidae was recorded for the first time on the Turkish coasts.


Copepoda Harpacticoida Tryphoema Gulf of Saros Turkey 



This study was a part of MSc thesis of Orkan Metin and funded by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) under the project number 212T105. We would like to thank Dr. Serdar Sönmez for reading the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biology, Faculty of Science and LiteratureBalıkesir UniversityBalıkesirTurkey

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