Abstract

In the Elasmopus group of maerid amphipods, seven species of Elasmopus, six species of Mallacoota and two species of Parelasmopus are reported from the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia. Five of the 15 species, Elasmopus slatyeri, Elasmopus varanocephalensis, Mallacoota capricornia, Mallacoota scopulosa and Parelasmopus cymatilis are new to science. The Maeridae is diagnosed against all amphipod families and additional genera are assigned to the family.

Key words: Crustacea, Amphipoda, Maeridae, Elasmopus group, Great Barrier Reef, Australia, new species, taxonomy, Elasmopus alalo, Elasmopus crenulatus, Elasmopus hooheno, Elasmopus pectenicrus, Elasmopus slatyeri, Elasmopus spinicarpus, Elasmopus varanocephalensis, Mallacoota balara, Mallacoota capricornia, Mallacoota chandaniae, Mallacoota nananui, Mallacoota schellenbergi, Mallacoota scopulosa, Parelasmopus cymatilis, Parelasmopus suensis

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Abstract BOOK REVIEW
by Maria Byrne, Professor Marine and Developmental Biology, University of Sydney:

This important new book on the amphipods of the Great Barrier Reef is the result of years of collective effort by an international team of 20 amphipod experts. It fills a major gap in knowledge of the amphipods of Australia, as previously the tropical fauna was poorly known.
 

Bibliographic Data

Title
Maeridae, the Elasmopus group
Author
Lowry, J. K; Hughes, L. E
Editor
Lowry, J.K. & Myers, A.A.
Year
2009
Publication Type
Book Chapter
Publisher
Magnolia Press
Book Title
Benthic Amphipoda of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Number of pages
643-702
Series Title
Zootaxa 2260
Publisher
Magnolia Press
Place Published
Auckland, NZ
ISBN
978 1 86977 411 0
Abstract URL
Zootaxa