New genera and species of sphaeromatid isopod crustaceans from Australian marine coastal waters

N. L. Bruce

Memoirs of Museum Victoria Vol 60 (2) p. 309–369 (2003)

DOI
http://doi.org/10.24199/j.mmv.2003.60.28

Abstract

Australia has a great diversity of sphaeromatid isopods, both in terms of species and genera, with 187 recorded species and subspecies in 58 genera. This contribution records and describes a further four genera: Austrasphaera gen. nov., Cassidias Richardson, 1906, Koremosphaera gen. nov. and Pedinura gen. nov. and ten new species: Austrasphaera berentsae sp. nov., A. springthorpei sp. nov., Cassidias australiensis sp. nov., Exosphaeroma agmokara sp. nov., Exosphaeroma alveola sp. nov., Koremosphaera colonus sp. nov., Margueritta sandyi sp. nov., Moruloidea perionasus sp. nov., Pedinura flindersia sp. nov. and Pedinura mokari sp. nov. Several appear to be common and widely distributed, with both species of Austrasphaera and Pedinura flindersia ranging from Vic. to WA; Pedinura mokari is recorded from Vic. and SA while Cassidias australiensis is recorded from the NT to the North–West Shelf, WA. The remaining species are restricted to or near to their type locations. A brief diagnosis is given for Exosphaeroma and an annotated list of all accepted species is provided, including incertae sedis species and some recent exclusions from this genus.

Citation

Bruce, N.L., 2003. New genera and species of sphaeromatid isopod crustaceans from Australian marine coastal waters. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 60: 309-369. http://doi.org/10.24199/j.mmv.2003.60.28

PUBLICATION DATE: 30 NOVEMBER 2003

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