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PORCELLIDIUM TAPUI, NEW SPECIES (COPEPODA: HARPACTICOIDA), ASSOCIATED WITH HERMIT CRABS FROM NEW ZEALAND, WITH EVIDENCE OF GREAT MORPHOLOGICAL VARIABILITY AND A DIMORPHIC MALE

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ABSTRACT Porcellidiumtapui, new species, is only the second species of porcellidiid to be recorded as a paguridean associate. It departs markedly from other species in the genus primarily in the form and setation of the female caudal rami and the morphology of the male antennule. The species is common and widespread throughout New Zealand from the intertidal to depths of over 200 m. Within such an extensive geographic and bathymetric distribution, it exhibits the greatest range of morphological variation hitherto recorded for any species within the Porcellidiidae. Intra-, interpopulation, pathological, and even intra-individual variants are delineated and the magnitude of variability is assessed with morphometric data. Such a high degree of variation is suspected to be linked with the particular life style of this animal. Evidence is presented supporting the diagnosis of dimorphism in the male. Features such as size and the presence or absence of a pronounced acuminate process on segment 3 of the antennule consistently separate the two morphs.

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1983-01-01
2016-12-09

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