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Redescription of five rare caprellids (Crustacea: Amphipoda: Caprellidea) collected from Tanzanian coasts

Helgoland Marine Research200155:83

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.

Caprellidea New records Redescriptions Tanzania