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Two Species of Poecilostomatoid Copepods Inhabiting Galls on Scleractinian Corals in Okinawa, Japan

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Abstract Two species of the poecilostomatoid copepods, Allopodion ryukyuensis n. sp. and Xenomolgus varius Humes and Stock, are recorded from galls and crypts on the scleractinian corals Montipora informis and Porites sp.(p), respectively, in Okinawa, Japan. Allopodion ryukyuensis is distinguished from its sole congener, A. mirum Humes, by having shorter caudal rami and abdominal somites, rounded lateral margins of the female genital double-somite, and a greater number of setal elements on the third exopodal segment of legs 2-4. The morphological features of the galls and crypts on the scleractinian hosts inhabited by A. ryukyuensis and X. varius are described, and it is proposed that certain other scleractinian-associated copepods likely also make use of similar habitations.

Affiliations: 1: a (I-HK, corresponding author: Department of Biology, Kangnung National University, Kangnung 210-702, South Korea; (HY) Department of Tourism, Meio University, 1220-1 Biimata, Nago, Okinawa 905-8585, Japan; Present address: Department of Bioresources Engineering, Okinawa National College of Technology, 905 Henoko, Nago, Okinawa 905-2192, Japan ; 2: b (HY:


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