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New Species of Amphipod Crustaceans in the Genera Tegano and Melita (Hadzioidea: Melitidae) from Subterranean Groundwaters in Guam, Palau, and the Philippines

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Abstract Three new species of Tegano are described, two from caves on Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines, and one from a cave on Peleliu Island, Palau. Sriha vagabunda from Sri Lanka is reassigned to the genus Tegano based primarily on the high degree of similarity between Sriha vagabunda and species of Tegano and the fact that these species exhibit a great deal of variation in the reduction of the mandibular palp. A new species of Melita with characters intermediate between those defining the genera Abludomelita, Melita, and Paraniphargus is described from a spring on Guam. The characters of the new species and studies by previous authors suggest that Abludomelita may not be as distinct from Melita as previously believed. The troglomorphic genus Paraniphargus from the Andaman Islands and Java is re-evaluated and synonymized with Melita.

Affiliations: 1: a (TRS) Department of Biological Sciences, Old Dominion University, Norfolk Virginia 23529 U.S.A. ( ; 2: b (JRH, correspondence) Department of Biological Sciences, Old Dominion University, Norfolk Virginia 23529 U.S.A. ( ; 3: c (TMI) Texas A&M University at Galveston, Department of Marine Biology, Galveston, Texas U.S.A. 77553-1675 (


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