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Zookeys. 2012;(193):1-25. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.193.3109. Epub 2012 May 14.

Amphipoda (crustacea) from palau, micronesia: families ampeliscidae, ampithoidae, aoridae, colomastigidae and cyproideidae.

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Department of Biological, Environmental and Earth Sciences, University College Cork, Cork Enterprise Centre, Cork, Ireland.


12 species of amphipod in 5 families, collected from shallow reefs in Palau by S. DeGrave during 2002, are reported here. Of these, five species are new to science and Microdeutopus tridens Schellenberg (1938) is redescribed and transferred to the genus Bemlos Shoemaker (1925). The collection included several additional species in the genera Amphilochus Bate, 1862, Ampithoe Leach (1814), Bemlos, Byblis Boeck (1871), Colomastix Grube (1861) and Notopoma Lowry & Berents (1996), that were either incomplete or juvenile and could therefore not adequately be described. In addition, two new species of Plumithoe Barnard & Karaman (1991) are erected from the literature. Other families collected in Palau will be considered in later contributions.


Ampeliscidae; Amphipoda; Ampithoidae; Aoridae; Colomastigidae; Cyproideidae; Micronesia; Palau; new species; taxonomy

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