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New Family and Superfamily for a Deep-Sea Caridean Shrimp from the Galathea Collections
Alexander L. Vereshchaka
Journal of Crustacean Biology
Vol. 17, No. 2 (May, 1997), pp. 361-373
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1549285
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A new family and superfamily are proposed for Galatheacaris abyssalis, new genus, new species, found in a deep-water sample of the Galathea collections. The new superfamily is characterized by a pectinate sinus between the mandibular processes, an articulated palp on the first and second maxillae, the third maxilliped with 7 segments, the dactyli of the third maxilliped to fifth pereiopods similar and unspecialized, the first and second pereiopods with peculiar microscopic subchela-like structures, all pereiopodal exopods prominent, and small epipods on the third maxilliped to the fifth pereiopod. Relationships to similar caridean superfamilies are considered, and biological remarks are provided.
Journal of Crustacean Biology © 1997 Brill