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Article Reference The genus Diplommatina Benson, 1849 (Gastropoda: Caenogastropoda: Diplommatinidae) in Nepal, with the description of seven new species
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Article Reference The genus Engina Gray, 1839 (Gastropoda: Buccinidae) from Oman with description of a new species
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Article Reference The genus Labidodemas (Holothuriidae:Aspidochirotida) revisited with description of three new species and with re-positioning of Holothuria (Irenothuria) macculochi Deichman, 1958
Prior to the present revision the taxon Labidodemas comprised Labidodemas americanum, L. pertinax, L. rugosum and L. semperianum. An up-to-date re- evaluation of the group proved that at least four additional species need to be assigned to it. Three of these are new to science: one has recently been discovered in the shallow waters of KwaZulu-Natal, Republic of South Africa; one originates from Low Island, Australia, and was erroneously identified as L. semperianum, and one stems from South-West Sulawesi, again erroneously identified as L. semperianum. In addition, Holothuria maccullochi, classified in the monotypic subgenus Irenothuria, and Holothuria proceraspina are assigned to Labidodemas; the former as a valid species and the latter as a synonym of L. semperianum. Annotated taxonomic descriptions, distribution maps and an identification key are given. The new observation that L. americanum possesses Cuvierian tubules suggests that its rank remains at generic level rather than at family level as was recently proposed.
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Article Reference The genus Liljeborgia in the Mediterranean Sea, with the description of a new species (Crustacea: Amphipoda: Liljeborgiidae)
A new amphipod crustacean, Liljeborgia clytaemnestra sp. nov., is described based on specimens from Malta and the Bay of Naples. It is quite similar to the sympatric L. dellavallei Stebbing, 1906, but it has narrower and more regular-sized spines on the propodus of pereiopods 3–4. The longest spine on the dorsolateral border of the peduncle of uropod 1 is not strongly elongate in adult males, as in L. dellavallei. The apical spines on the lobes of the telson are much longer than in L. dellavallei. L. clytaemnestra sp. nov. is actually more similar to two northeastern Atlantic species, the British L. pallida (Spence Bate, 1857) and the Scandinavian L. brevicornis (Bruzelius, 1859) than to the Mediterranean L. dellavallei. In L. clytaemnestra sp. nov., article 2 of the mandibular palp has setae on distal third, whilst setae are restricted to tip in the two other species. Article 3 of the mandibular palp is also longer in L. clytaemnestra sp. nov. than in the two Atlantic species. The spines of the outer plate of the maxilliped are longer in L. clytaemnestra sp. nov. than in the two other species. The most distal spine of the propodus of pereiopods 3–4 is reduced in L. clytaemnestra sp. nov. and L. brevicornis, but not in L. pallida. The serration of the posterior border of the basis of pereiopod 7 is much stronger in L. clytaemnestra sp. nov. than in the two other species. Finally, in L. clytaemnestra sp. nov., the spines of the lobes of the telson are longer than in L. pallida. A lectotype is designated for L. dellavallei. The presence/absence of a posterodorsal tooth on pleonite 3 in L. dellavallei is discussed. The validity of L. kinahani (Spence Bate, 1862) is questioned. An identification key is proposed for Mediterranean Liljeborgia species.
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Article Reference The genus Pradoxa Fernandes & Rolán, 1993 (Gastropoda: Muricidae) in SãoTomé, Príncipe and Annobón.
The genus Pradoxa is revised and all the species are described, compared and illustrated. Two new species are described from São Tomé, Pradoxa gorii spec. nov. and P. urdambideli spec. nov. The radula is illustrated for P. confirmata (Fernandes & Rolán, 1990), P. thomensis (Fernandes & Rolán, 1990) and P. gorii spec. nov. The subfamilial classification is discussed and a comparative table is added in the appendix.
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Article Reference The genus Rhinoglena (Rotifera, Monogononta, Ephiphanidae) in North America, with the description of two new species
Based on material from aquatic habitats in the northern Chihuahuan Desert and a literature review, we present an account on the occurrence of genus Rhinoglena in North America. Two new species are described, and the presence of Rhinoglena frontalis in the USA is confirmed. Of the two new species, R. texana n. sp. is a close relative of R. frontalis, whereas R. ovigera n. sp. is unique by being oviparous, in contrast to all other Rhinoglena which are viviparous. This prompts a revision of the generic diagnosis of Rhinoglena to accommodate the new species. An identification key to the known species of the genus is provided.
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Article Reference The Global Boundary Stratotype Section and Point for the base of the Danian Stage (Paleocene, Paleogene, “Tertiary”, Cenozoic) at El Kef, Tunisia - Original definition and revision.
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Article Reference The global stratotype sections and points for the bases of the Selandian (Middle Paleocene) and Thanetian (Upper Paleocene) stages at Zumaia, Spain.
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Article Reference The ground active spider fauna of the park area around the Royal Belgian institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS, Brussels Capital)
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Article Reference The groundwater oligochaetes (Annelida, Clitellata) from the "Parc du Mercantour" (France), with the description of one new genus and two stygobiont new species
ABSTRACT Although recognized as an outstanding hotspot of biodiversity for both flora and fauna, the Mercantour massif remains almost totally unexplored for its groundwater fauna. This work reports the first overview on groundwater oligochaete assemblages of the “Parc du Mercantour” after a standardized exploration of both consolidated (fractured massif) and unconsolidated (porous) aquifers. About 40 species of oligochaetes were found in 49 stations representative of the main hydrogeological basins of the “Parc du Mercantour”, from both spring and hyporheic zone habitats. Five stygobiont species are identified, probably all new to science, of which two species are formally described, Aberrantidrilus stephaniae n. gen., n. sp. (Naididae, Phallodrilinae) and Marionina sambugarae n. sp., a species belonging to the widespread Marionina argentea species complex (Enchytraeidae). As a result, the genus Abyssidrilus Erséus, 1992 is now restricted to its marine, abyssal species. A dozen of species can be considered as stygophiles. Most stygobiont species are recorded from hyporheic habitats, and stygophiles have a more balanced distribution between both kinds of habitats. The nearly absence of stygoxene species from the hyporheic zone suggests that this habitat is less affected by the epigean environment than springs. The dominance of enchytraeids among the groundwater oligochaete fauna is here confirmed, and the lumbriculid genus Trichodrilus is also a characteristic faunistic element of the underground freshwater oligochaete communities. Lastly, the possibility that Aberrantidrilus cuspis n. comb. sensu Sambugar et al. (1999) is a complex of cryptic species is discussed in the framework of recent progress in the knowledge of groundwater biodiversity. Key words: Aquatic Clitellata, Oligochaeta, groundwater, Mercantour, new species, Aberrantidrilus n. gen., Marionina, Abyssidrilus RESUME Oligochètes (Annelida, Clitellata) des eaux souterraines du Parc du Mercantour (France), avec description d’un nouveau genre et de deux nouvelles espèces stygobiontes. Bien qu’il soit reconnu comme un remarquable point chaud de biodiversité pour sa flore et sa faune, le massif du Mercantour reste presque totalement inexploré quant à sa faune souterraine. Ce travail rapporte le premier aperçu des assemblages d’oligochètes des eaux souterraines du « Parc du Mercantour », suivant une exploration standardisée des aquifères consolidés (massif fracturé) et non consolidés (poreux). Environ 40 espèces d’oligochètes ont été trouvées dans 49 stations représentatives des principaux bassins hydrogéographiques du « Parc du Mercantour », ainsi que des sources et de la zone hyporhéique. Cinq espèces stygobiontes ont été identifiées, probablement toutes nouvelles pour la Science, parmi lesquelles deux ont été formellement décrites, Aberrantidrilus stephaniae n. gen., n. sp. (Naididae, Phallodrilinae) et Marionina sambugarae n. sp., une espèce appartenant au complexe d’espèces Marionina argentea (Enchytraeidae) à large répartition. Il en résulte que le genre Abyssidrilus Erséus, 1992 est maintenant restreint à ses espèces marines et abyssales. Une douzaine d’espèces peuvent être considérées comme stygophiles. La plupart des espèces stygobiontes proviennent des habitats hyporhéiques tandis que les stygophiles se répartissent de façon plus équilibrée entre les deux types d’habitats. La quasi absence d’espèces stygoxènes dans la zone hyporhéique suggère que cet habitat est moins affecté par l’environnement épigé que les sources. La dominance des enchytréides au sein de la faune des oligochètes des eaux souterraines est ici confirmée, ainsi que le genre Trichodrilus en tant qu’élément faunistique le plus caractéristique des communautés des oligochètes des eaux douces souterraines. Enfin, la possibilité qu’Aberrantidrilus cuspis n. comb. sensu Sambugar et al. (1999) soit un complexe d’espèces cryptiques est discutée dans le cadre des progrès récents dans la connaissance de la biodiversité des eaux souterraines. Mots clés : Clitellata aquatiques, Oligochètes, eaux souterraines, Mercantour, nouvelles espèces, Aberrantidrilus n. gen., Marionina
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