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Hastatus faviae n. gen., n. sp., a xarifiid copepod parasitic in the honeycomb coral of Taiwan

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Hastatus faviae n. gen., n. sp., is described based on specimens obtained from colonies of the honeycomb coral, Favia favus (Forskål, 1775), collected at Wanlitong, Pingtung in southern Taiwan. The new species belongs to the family Xarifiidae of the copepod order Poecilostomatoida. It is characterized by having a spear-shaped mandible carrying a bent tip covered with denticles, biramous legs 1 and 2, uniramous legs 3 and 4, and the absence of leg 5 together with the fifth pediger. Hastatus faviae n. gen., n. sp., est décrite à partir de spécimens obtenus dans des colonies de corail cerveau, Favia favus (Forskål, 1775) collectés à Wanlitong, Pingtung au sud de Taiwan. La nouvelle espèce appartient à la famille des Xarifiidae dans l'ordre de Copepoda, Poecilostomatoida. L'espèce est caractérisée par sa mandibule en forme de lance avec une extrémité recourbée couverte de denticules, les premières et deuxièmes pattes biramées, les troisièmes et quatrièmes pattes uniramées et l'absence des cinquièmes pattes ainsi que du somite qui les porte.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Biological Sciences, California State University, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, California 90840-3702, U.S.A.; 2: Institute of Oceanography, National Taiwan University, No. 1, Section 4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei 106, Taiwan


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