Global diversity of mysids (Crustacea-Mysida) in freshwater

  • Megan L. PorterEmail author
  • Kenneth Meland
  • Wayne Price
Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 198)


In this article we present a biogeographical assessment of species diversity within the Mysida (Crustacea: Malacostraca: Peracarida) from inland waters. Inland species represent 6.7% (72 species) of mysid diversity. These species represent three of the four families within the Mysida (Lepidomysidae, Stygiomysidae, and Mysidae) and are concentrated in the Palaearctic and Neotropical regions. The inland mysid species distributional patterns can be explained by four main groups representing different freshwater invasion routes: (1) Subterranean Tethyan relicts (24 spp.); (2) Autochthonous Ponto-Caspian endemics (20 spp.); (3) Mysis spp. ‘Glacial Relicts’ (8 spp.); and (4) Euryhaline estuarine species (20 spp.). The center of inland mysid species diversity is the Ponto-Caspian region, containing 24 species, a large portion of which are the results of a radiation in the genus Paramysis.


Inland fauna Freshwater biology Mysid Diversity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biological ScienceUniversity of MarylandBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of BiologyUniversity of BergenBergenNorway
  3. 3.Department of BiologyUniversity of TampaTampaUSA

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