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Itocyclops, a New Genus Proposed for Speocyclops Yezoensis (Copepoda: Cyclopoida: Cyclopidae)

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Abstract We redescribe Speocyclops yezoensis Ito on the basis of specimens from Japan and from Alaska and Tennessee, U.S.A. The combination of the segmentation of the swimming legs; the lack of dimorphism in the structure of the swimming legs, except for the modified terminal spine of the leg 3 endopodite in the males of some populations; the partly fused proximal segment of leg 5; and, in the female, the peculiar structure of the seminal receptacle provide grounds to propose a new genus Itocyclops to accommodate this taxon. A new record from Tennessee is the first from the eastern U.S.A.

Affiliations: 1: a Department of Invertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, District of Columbia 20560-0163, U.S.A. (corresponding author ; 2: b 372 Irifunecho, Yoichimachi, Hokkaido 046-0111, Japan


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