Redescription of five rare caprellids (Crustacea: Amphipoda: Caprellidea) collected from Tanzanian coasts
© Springer-Verlag and AWI 2001
Received: 5 December 2000
Accepted: 6 August 2001
Published: 24 October 2001
Five species of the Caprellidea from Tanzania are redescribed and illustrated in detail. Falotritella biscaynensis McCain, 1968 and Paracaprella tenuis Mayer, 1903 had previously been reported only from the north-west Atlantic coast; the present work extends their distribution to the Indian Ocean. This study represents the first report on Triprotella amica Arimoto, 1970 since the original description from the Arabian Sea. Protella similis Mayer, 1903 had been found only in Indonesia, Thailand and Philippines prior to this study. Pseudocaprellina pambanensis Sundara Raj, 1927, previously only known from India, is also redescribed.