Title
A review of the marine and brackish-water species of **Testudinella** (Rotifera: Monogononta, Testudinellidae), with the description of two new species A review of the marine and brackish-water species of **Testudinella** (Rotifera: Monogononta, Testudinellidae), with the description of two new species
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Biology
Publication type
article
Publication
Auckland [Nouvelle-Zélande] :Magnolia Press ,
Subject
Biology
Source (journal)
Zootaxa. - Auckland [Nouvelle-Zélande]
Volume/pages
2092(2009) , p. 1-20
ISSN
1175-5326
ISI
000266231300001
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Two new morphospecies of the rotifer genus Testudinella (Rotifera, Monogononta, Testudinellidae), T. bicorniculata sp. nov. and T. elongata sp. nov., are escribed from marine psammon collected in the Mediterranean. T. bicorniculata sp. nov. is characterized by two antero-lateral lorica projections; dorsal and ventral anterior margins undulate with shallow median sinus; foot opening sub-terminal, inverted U-shaped; distal foot pseudosegment short; fulcrum with proximal opening. T. elongata sp. nov. is characterized by its strongly elongate and striate lorica; dorsal anterior margin tri-lobed; ventral margin projecting, almost straight; foot opening sub-terminal, inverted U-shaped; distal foot pseudosegment long; fulcrum with proximal opening. The new species are related to T. obscura Althaus, 1957, which is redescribed. Brief descriptions of the external morphology and trophi, as well as biogeographical information are provided for the other Testudinella species reported from marine and brackish environments. T. pseudoclypeata Bçrziòð, 1943 is synonymized with T. elliptica (Ehrenberg, 1834).
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