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THE GENUS METACYCLOPS (COPEPODA: CYCLOPOIDA) PRESENT IN NORTH AMERICA: M. CUSHAE, NEW SPECIES, FROM LOUISIANA

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ABSTRACT The cyclopoid copepod Metacyclops cushae, new species, was collected from temporarily water-filled depressions in greater New Orleans, Louisiana. The species possesses a combination of characters unique in the genus: the antennule of 11 articles, legs 1-4 spine formula 3,4,3,3, leg 4 endopodite article 2 with only 1 terminal spine, legs 1-4 couplers lacking ornament, and medialmost terminal caudal seta shorter than lateralmost terminal caudal seta. This is the first confirmed published report of the genus Metacyclops from the North American continent.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Invertebrate Zoology, NHB-163, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560.

10.1163/1937240X91X00482
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2017-10-18

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