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ABSTRACT The Lynseiidae, a new family of flabelliferan isopods, is proposed for Lynseia himantopoda, new genus and species, from southern Australia. The family is diagnosed by: cylindrical body, 5 free pleonites plus pleotelson, mandible without molar and palp, maxillipedal palp uniarticulate, pereiopods with strong secondary unguis, pereiopods 6 and 7 elongate, pleopod 5 a single plate, and uropod with 2 flattened terminal rami. It shares with the Limnoriidae, its probable sister group, a cylindrical body with articulating head and a strong secondary pereiopodal unguis.


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