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A new species of Cirolana Leach, 1818 (Crustacea, Isopoda, Cirolanidae) from the western Ross Sea, Antarctica, the first record of the genus from polar waters

Niel L. BRUCE & Angelika BRANDT

en Zoosystema 28 (2) - Pages 315-324

Published on 30 June 2006

Cirolana mclaughlinae n. sp. is described from specimens collected in the Ross Sea, Antarctica. The species is characterised by the head having a prominent anterior marginal ridge, lacking a rostrum, and being dorsally depressed; the posterior submarginal surfaces of pereonites 5-7 and the pleonites are nodulose and pitted; the pleotelson has weakly concave lateral margins converging to a narrowly rounded apex, the dorsal surface is provided with a low, longitudinal median ridge. The genus has a world-wide distribution, but has hitherto not been recorded from polar waters, the previous most southerly record being at about 44°S.

Keywords :

Crustacea, Isopoda, Cymothoida, Cirolanidae, Cirolana, Antarctica, Ross Sea, new species.

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