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Nine species of Copepoda Harpacticoida were found in sandy beaches in Egypt during the period November 1994 to December 1996. Two species of the family Ectinosomatidae are new to science, Arenosetella bassantae n. sp. and Noodtiella toukae n. sp. The genus Noodtiella is new to the fauna of the Mediterranean Sea. One subspecies of the family Paramesochridae is new to science, Kliopsyllus constrictus egyptus n. subsp. The other species found are already known from the Mediterranean: Arenopontia nesaie (Cylindropsyllidae), Phyllopodopsyllus pauli (Tetragonicipitidae), Amphiascus parvus (Diosaccidae) and Nitocra spinipes (Ameiridae). The last two species (A. parvus and N. spinipes) have already been recorded from Egyptian waters. This paper contains descriptions of the two new species and of local variations in one of the known species, Arenopontia nesaie and the new subspecies Kliopsyllus constrictus egyptus. Two more species could as yet not be identified beyond generic level: Alteutha sp. (family Peltidiidae), and Amphiascus sp.

Neuf espèces de copépodes harpacticoïdes on été trouvées dans les plages sableuses, en Égypte, durant la période de novembre 1994 à décembre 1996. Deux espèces de la famille des Ectinosomatidae sont nouvelles pour la science, Arenosetella bassantae n. sp. et Noodtiella toukae n. sp. Le genre Noodtiella est nouveau pour la faune de la mer Méditerranée. Une sous-espèce de la famille des Paramesochridae est nouvelle pour la science, Kliopsyllus constrictus egyptus n. subsp. Les autres espèces trouvées sont déjà connues de Méditerranée: Arenopontia nesaie (Cylindropsyllidae), Phyllopodopsyllus pauli (Tetragonocipitidae), Amphiascus parvus (Diosaccidae) and Nitocra spinipes (Ameiridae). Les deux dernières espèces (A. parvus et N. spinipes) ont déjà été citées des eaux égyptiennes. Cet article contient les descriptions des deux espèces nouvelles et des variations locales de l'une des espèces connues, Arenopontia nesaie, ainsi que de la nouvelle sous-espèce Kliopsyllus constrictus egyptus. Deux espèces supplémentaires n'ont pas pu être identifiées au-delà du niveau générique: Alteutha sp. (Peltidiidae) et Amphiascus sp.

Affiliations: 1: University of Texas Marine Science Institute, 750 Channel View Drive, Port Aransas, TX 78373, U.S.A.


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