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Description of a New Species of Cephalocarida, Sandersiella Kikuchii, and Redescription of S. Acuminata Shiino Based upon the Type Material

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Abstract A new species of cephalocarid, Sandersiella kikuchii, is described from central Japan, 300 m depth. It differs from congeners primarily based on the following points: 5-9 hooks on each ventrolateral side of cephalon; exopod proximal segment of thoracopod 6 with long finger-like lateral process (with narrow base) on the dorsal margin; exopodal distal segment of thoracopod 6 pointed distally, not divided into 2 lobes; exopodal proximal segment and pseudopipod of thoracopod 8 furnished with 2 and 2-3 setae respectively. Sandersiella acuminata Shiino, 1965 is redescribed and illustrated based on the holotype.

Affiliations: 1: a (MS, correspondence) Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History and Human History, 2-4-1 Higashida, Yahatahigashi-ku, Kitakyushu 805-0071, Japan ( ; 2: b (TA) Ushimado Marine Laboratory, Okayama University, Okayama 701-4303, Japan


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1. Hessler R. R. , Sanders H. L. 1964 "The discovery of Cephalocarida at a depth of 300 meters." Crustaceana Vol 7 77 78
2. Hessler R. R. , Sanders H. L. 1973 "Two new species of Sandersiella (Cephalocarida), including one from the deep sea." Crustaceana Vol 24 181 196
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5. Kikuchi T. 1968 "The Zoological Environment of the Amakusa Marine Biological Laboratory." Publication from the Amakusa Marine Biological Laboratory Vol 1 117 127
6. Kikuchi T. 1969 "New locality of Sandersiella acuminata Shiino (Crustacea, Cephalocarida)." Publication from the Amakusa Marine Biological Laboratory Vol 2 33 36
7. Shiino S. M. 1965 "Sandersiella acuminata gen. et sp. nov., a cephalocarid from Japanese waters." Crustaceana Vol 9 181 191

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