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TIARINION TEXOPALLIUM, NEW SPECIES, AN ENTONISCID ISOPOD INFESTING MAJID CRABS ( TIARINIA SPP.) FROM THE GREAT BARRIER REEF, AUSTRALIA

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ABSTRACT An entoniscid isopod, Tiarinion texopallium, new species, is described from majid crabs in the genus Tiarinia. Until now, the genus Tiarinion consisted of a single species, found from Japan and Australia. The new species is the second member of the family Entoniscidae to be described from Australia, and the first to be described from the Great Barrier Reef. The female of the new species can be distinguished from Tiarinion fulvus by the number and arrangement of the ovarian processes; the male, by the body segmentation, spination of the pereiopods, and the distinct lack of abdominal spines. The epicaridium of the new species can be distinguished from that of T. fulvus by the well-developed antennule, the spination of the antennae and pereiopods, and the facies of the unusual sixth pereiopod. The cryptoniscium larva has an unusual antennule that is highly modified as an apparent clasping or cutting appendage. The cryptoniscium also possesses unusual epipodal (?) spines on the antennae and pereiopods. The new species of Tiarinion was found in 3.2% (7/216) of the population of Tiarinia spp. on the Lizard Island reef complex, but none (0/15) of the crabs on the Heron Island reef complex. Double infestations were not observed, nor were double infestations with other crustacean parasites.

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2016-12-10

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