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ABSTRACT The family Leuconidae currently contains 99 species. With the exception of Epileucon, all genera in the family were established by 1907. All new species have been subsequently assigned to those genera, gradually producing genera distinguishable on the basis of single characters. In this paper Epileucon is reduced to a subgenus of Leucon as proposed by Bäcescu (1988), and the species of Leucon are further apportioned among the subgenera Leucon Kroyer, Macrauloleucon,new subgenus, Crymoleucon, new subgenus, and Alytoleucon, new subgenus. In addition, the new genera Ommatoleucon, Austroleucon, Nippoleucon, and Bytholeucon are proposed, and the genus Coricuma Watling and Breedy is added to this family. The new genus Americuma, with unclear family affiliations, is proposed for a species previously assigned to Heteroleucon. Complete diagnoses are provided for all genera and keys are given to all genera and species.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Oceanography, Darling Marine Center, University of Maine, Walpole, Maine 04573.


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