European Journal of Taxonomy
2017 (354) - Pages 1-30 (EJT-354)
28 septembre 2017
A new species of freshwater Chaetonotidae (Gastrotricha, Chaetonotida) from Obodska Cave (Montenegro) based on morphological and molecular characters
Gastrotricha is a cosmopolitan phylum of aquatic and semi-aquatic invertebrates that comprises about 820 described species. Current knowledge regarding freshwater gastrotrichs inhabiting caves is extremely poor and there are no extant data regarding Gastrotricha from Montenegro. We describe a new species from Obodska Cave, which is also the first record of a gastrotrich from this region. Due to its unusual habitat and morphological characteristics, this species may be important when considering the evolution and dispersion routes of Chaetonotidae Gosse, 1864 (sensu Leasi & Todaro 2008). We provide morphometric, molecular and phylogenetic data for the new species, together with photomicrographs and drawings.
Balkan Peninsula, cave fauna, Chaetonotus (Chaetonotus) antrumus sp. nov., DNA barcode, Gastrotricha.
KOLICKA M., GADAWSKI P. & DABERT M. 2017. — A new species of freshwater Chaetonotidae (Gastrotricha, Chaetonotida) from Obodska Cave (Montenegro) based on morphological and molecular characters. European Journal of Taxonomy 2017 (354): 1-30 (EJT-354). https://doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2017.354