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A new species of the genus Leptochela (Decapoda, Caridea, Pasiphaeidae) from the Yellow Sea

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Based on samples collected from the Yellow Sea in October 2014, a new species of pasiphaeid shrimp, Leptochela (Leptochela) tuerkayi sp. nov., is described. The new species is closely related to L. (L.) gracilis Stimpson, 1860 in morphology but differs from the latter and other congeners by the following combination of characters: three longitudinal dorsal carinae in ovigerous females, third maxilliped with the rather short exopod slightly overreaching the distal margin of the antepenultimate segment and the fourth pereiopod with the exopod reaching beyond the end of the merus. Morphological data and a partial sequence of the 16S rRNA gene of the new species are provided to show its systematic position.

Affiliations: 1: 1Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 7 Nanhai Road, Qingdao 266071, P.R. China ; 2: 2University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, P.R. China ; 3: 3Laboratory for Marine Biology and Biotechnology, Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology, 1 Wenhai Road, Qingdao 266071, P.R. China

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