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Caligus Musaicus n. sp. (Copepoda, Caligidae) Parasitic on the European Flounder, Platichthys Flesus (Linnaeus) off Portugal

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A new species of caligid copepod, Caligus musaicus n. sp., is described from the European flounder, Platichthys flesus (Linnaeus, 1758), caught off the northern coast of Portugal. The new species is distinguished from its congeners by the combination of the following character states: (1) equipped with a short abdomen (about 1/3 the length of the thoracic zone of the cephalothoracic shield); (2) armed with a pair of parallel pointed tines on the box of the sternal furca; (3) bearing a long element IV (about 3 times as long as the next longest element) at the tip of leg 1 exopod; and (4) with a slender leg 4 exopod bearing a long outer seta (about 3 times as long as the next longest seta) at the tip of this ramus. Une espèce nouvelle de copépode caligide, Caligus musaicus n. sp., parasite du carrelet Platichthys flesus (Linnaeus, 1758), capturé au large de la côte nord du Portugal est décrite. Cette nouvelle espèce se distingue de ses congénères par la combinaison des caractères suivants: (1) un abdomen court (environ 1/3 de la longueur de la région thoracique du bouclier céphalothoracique); (2) une paire d'épines parallèles et pointues sur la «boîte» de la furca sternale; (3) un long élément IV (environ 3 fois aussi long que le plus long des autres éléments) à l'extrémité de l'exopodite de la première patte; et (4) un exopodite de la quatrième patte, mince, portant une longue soie externe (environ 3 fois plus longue que la plus longue des autres soies) à son extrémité.

Affiliations: 1: Departamento de Zoologia-Antropologia, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade do Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre, s/n, Edifício FC4, P-4169-007 Porto, Portugal, CIMAR Laboratório Associado/CIIMAR, Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental, Universidade do Porto, Rua dos Bragas, 289, P-4050-123 Porto, Portugal;, Email: fcavaleiro@fc.up.pt; 2: Departamento de Zoologia-Antropologia, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade do Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre, s/n, Edifício FC4, P-4169-007 Porto, Portugal, CIMAR Laboratório Associado/CIIMAR, Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental, Universidade do Porto, Rua dos Bragas, 289, P-4050-123 Porto, Portugal; 3: Department of Biological Sciences, California State University, Long Beach, California 90840-3702, U.S.A.

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