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Helgoland Marine Research

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Vemakylindrus cantabricus, a new species of Diastylidae (Crustacea, Cumacea) from the northern Iberian coasts

  • P. J. López-González1,
  • M. E. Bandera1 and
  • M. I. Alfonso1
Helgoländer Meeresuntersuchungen51:61


Eleven species of the genusVemakylindrus Bacescu, 1961 are known at present. A hitherto unknown species is described herein asV. cantabricus, sp. nov., and is compared with the more closely related congeneric species:V. hastatus (Hansen, 1920) andV. stebbingi Day, 1980.Vemakylindrus cantabricus may be distinguished from its congeners by a combination of the following characters: (1) carapace densely covered by hooked denticles and hairs; (2) pseudorostrum shorter than carapace; (3) telson of “Diastylis type” with 5–6 pairs of lateral spines; and (4) external process of basis of third maxilliped with 4 long plumose setae.


Simple SetaOuter MarginLateral SpineDistal SetaPlumose Seta