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Asterocheres Faroensis, a New Species (Copepoda, Siphonostomatoida, Asterocheridae) Associated with Hymeniacidon Perlevis (Montagu, 1812) (Porifera) from Lake Faro, Mediterranean Sea

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A new siphonostomatoid copepod belonging to the family Asterocheridae, Asterocheres faroensis, is described. It was found in washings of Hymeniacidon perlevis (Montagu, 1812), a sponge inhabiting Lake Faro at Messina (north-eastern Sicily). The new species belongs to the cluster of species with 21 antennular segments in the female but only 17 in the male, and resembles those species carrying a 1-segmented mandibular palp. However, it differs from the latter in the length to width ratio of the P5. The males have a particular aesthetasc on the tenth antennular segment, a character that has never been found in other species of the family Asterocheridae. Viene descritta una nuova specie di copepode Sifonostomatoide, Asterocheres faroensis, appartenente alla famiglia Asterocheridae. Essa è stata ritrovata nell'acqua di lavaggio del porifero Hymeniacidon perlevis (Montagu, 1812), una spugna che vive nel Lago Faro, situato presso la città di Messina (a Nord Est della Sicilia). La nuova specie, qui descritta, appartiene al gruppo di specie caratterizzate dalla presenza di 21 segmenti antennulari nelle femmine ma solo 17 nei maschi. Essa è simile a quel gruppo di specie che posseggono un palpo mandibolare 1-segmentato, ma differisce per il rapporto lunghezza-larghezza del P5. I maschi posseggono un particolare estete posto sul decimo segmento dell'antennula. Tale carattere non è mai stato descritto per altre specie della famiglia Asterocheridae.

Affiliations: 1: Dipartimento di Biologia Animale ed Ecologia Marina, Università di Messina, Salita Sperone, 31, I-98166 Messina, Italy;, Email:; 2: Dipartimento di Biologia Animale ed Ecologia Marina, Università di Messina, Salita Sperone, 31, I-98166 Messina, Italy


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