n African Zoology - Review of , in Hope, 1851 (Crustacea: Isopoda: Cymothoidae) from southern Africa, with the description of a new species

Volume 50, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X
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Three species of are reported from the east coast of southern Africa: (Haller, 1880) from Maputo, Mozambique, from the gills of (Forsskål, 1775); (Bleeker, 1857) from diverse localities in South Africa and Mozambique, from the hosts (Bleeker, 1850) and (Rüppell, 1837); and sp. nov. from Sodwana Bay, South Africa, from the gills of (Günther, 1866). sp. nov. is characterised by relatively small size (maximum 16 mm); large, wide coxae on pereonite 7 that overlap the pleon; uropods that do not extend past the pleotelson posterior margin; produced anterolateral margins on pereonite 1; and a twisted pleon and pleotelson. Nunomura, 1992 and Nunomura, 1993 are both transferred to the genus , with M. katoi being placed into junior synonymy with (Richardson, 1910). Avdeev & Avdeev, 1974 and Avdeev & Avdeev, 1974 are both transferred to , and Rokicki, 1986 is synonymised with Bruce, 1986. A key to the south-western Indian Ocean species of is given, and a table summarising recent and new nomenclatural acts in the genus is provided.

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