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A new species of the copepod genus Australoeucyclops (Crustacea: Cyclopoida: Eucyclopinae) from Western Australia shows the role of aridity in habitat shift and colonisation of ground water

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Karanovic, T and Tang, D, A new species of the copepod genus Australoeucyclops (Crustacea: Cyclopoida: Eucyclopinae) from Western Australia shows the role of aridity in habitat shift and colonisation of ground water, Records of the Western Australian Museum, 25 pp. 247-263. ISSN 0312-3162 (2009) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

A new species of the cyclopoid genus Australoeucyclops Karanovic, 2006 is described from several disjunct locations in south-western Western Australia. This is the sixth representative of this genus, which is endemic to Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia. Australoeucyclops darwini sp. nov. differs from all its congeners by its subequal apical spines on the fourth leg endopod and can also be distinguished from each species by a number of other characters. A key for identification of Australoeucyclops species is given, as well as an overview of the valid genera in the subfamily Eucyclopinae Kiefer, l927. The habitat choice of the new species is very interesting, because it can be found only in caves in the northern part of its range, while it lives exclusively in surface waters in the south. The potential role of aridity in this habitat shift in Australia is discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Zoology
Research Field:Invertebrate Biology
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Ecosystem Assessment and Management
Objective Field:Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments
Author:Karanovic, T (Dr Tomislav Karanovic)
ID Code:62118
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2010-03-10
Last Modified:2010-05-25
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