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Co-Occurrence of Two Species of the Genus Habrobathynella Schminke, 1973 (Malacostraca, Bathynellacea) in Sandy Sediments of the River Godavari, Southeastern India, with the Description of a New Species

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A new species of the genus Habrobathynella Schminke, 1973 is described from India as Habrobathynella plenituda sp. n. Including this new species, six species are now known in the genus, two from Madagascar and four from India. There appear to be only slight morphological differences between the Indian and the Madagascan species, despite the long isolation of both landmasses since their separation on their drift north. The new species occurs together in the sample with Habrobathynella schminkei Ranga Reddy, 2004. The possibility for the co-occurrence of two congeneric species in this case may be their difference in body size, H. schminkei reaching only 55% of the size of H. plenituda sp. n. This difference in size is supposed to facilitate coexistence in mixed substrata, with different sizes of the interstitial spaces. Eine neue Art der Gattung Habrobathynella, H. plenituda sp. n., wird aus Indien beschrieben. Zusammen mit ihr sind jetzt 6 Arten der Gattung bekannt, zwei von Madagaskar und vier aus Indien. Trotz der langen Isolation beider Landmassen seit ihrer Trennung auf dem Weg nach Norden sind die morphologischen Unterschiede zwischen den indischen und madegassischen Arten nur geringfügig. Die neue Art kommt zusammen mit Habrobathynella schminkei Ranga Reddy, 2004 vor. Die Koexistenz zweier Arten derselben Gattung dürfte in diesem Fall mit der Körpergröße zusammenhängen, da H. schminkei nur 55% der Körpergröße von H. plenituda sp. n. erreicht. Diese Unterschiede könnten die Koexistenz in Mischsubstraten mit unterschiedlich großen Interstitialräumen erlauben.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Zoology, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Nagarjunanagar 522 510, India;, Email:; 2: Institut für Biologie und Umweltwissenschaften, Universität Oldenburg, D-26111 Oldenburg, Germany;, Email:


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