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An annotated checklist of freshwater stygobiotic crustaceans of Africa and Madagascar

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In this study a checklist of the stygobiotic crustaceans specifically for Africa is provided for the first time. Several nomenclatorial and taxonomic changes, as well as many new species or localities, have been included in the list since the publication of Stygofauna Mundi (Botosaneanu, 1986), which deeply modifies our knowledge on the biogeography of Africa. The annotated checklist comprises 280 stygobiotic species of crustaceans belonging to 9 orders, 32 families and 103 genera. Information about the endemism and the biogeographical distribution is provided for each of the systematic orders.

Affiliations: 1: 2Université de Lyon, Université Lyon 1, UMR-CNRS 5023 Laboratoire d’Ecologie des Hydrosystèmes Naturels et Anthropisés (LEHNA), F-69622 Villeurbanne, France; 2: 1Université de Yaoundé 1, Faculté des Sciences, Laboratoire de Biologie Générale, BP 812, 237 Yaoundé, Cameroun


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