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Two new species of clam shrimp (Branchiopoda: Spinicaudata) from Yunnan Province, China

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Cyzicus altus n. sp. and Leptestheria kunmingensis n. sp. are described and diagnosed from Yunnan Province, China. Cyzicus altus can be distinguished from all other species of Cyzicus by the form of the telson and cercopods, and the lack of carapace setation. Leptestheria kunmingensis is separated from all other known Leptestheria by the form of the head (in the males) and the form of the telson and cercopods. Both species are so far known only from their type localities, and the sole wild population of L. kunmingensis has been destroyed by human activities. The known large branchiopod species of Yunnan and the general status of Chinese spinicaudatan clam shrimp taxonomy and diversity are briefly discussed.

Affiliations: 1: 1State Key Laboratory of Genetic Resources and Evolution, Kunming Institute of Zoology, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, 32 Jiaochang dong lu, Kunming, Yunnan, P.R. China; 2: 2Kansas Biological Survey and the Natural History Museum (Biodiversity Institute), Kansas University, Higuchi Hall, 2101 Constant Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66047-3759, USA


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