Australian Museum Journal The Melitidae of Lizard Island and adjacent reefs, The Great Barrier Reef, Australia (Crustacea: Amphipoda)

Shortform:
Berents, 1983, Rec. Aust. Mus. 35(3): 101–143
Author(s):
Berents, Penelope B.
Year published:
1983
Title:
The Melitidae of Lizard Island and adjacent reefs, The Great Barrier Reef, Australia (Crustacea: Amphipoda)
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
35
Issue:
3
Start page:
101
End page:
143
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.35.1983.313
Language:
English
Date published:
11 November 1983
Cover date:
11 November 1983
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
CRUSTACEA: AMPHIPODA
Digitized:
30 January 2009
Available online:
09 March 2009
Reference number:
313
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (148kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (5370kb PDF)

Abstract

This paper is the first study of melitid amphipods from tropical Australia. Seventeen species of Melitidae in the genera Ceradocus, Dulichiella, Elasmopus, Maera, Mallacoota and Parelasmopus are recorded from Lizard Island and adjacent reefs. In addition Ceradocus hawaiensis Barnard is recorded from Heron Island. Seven new species are described: Ceradocus oxyodus, C. wooree, C. yandala, Elasmopus crenulatus, E. spinicarpus, Maera griffini and Mallacoota balara. A lectotype is established and described for Parelasmopus suensis. The diagnosis for the genus Mallacoota is expanded and a key to the known species included.

None of the Melitidae from Lizard Island and adjacent reefs has been recorded from southern or south-eastern Australia. Madagascar and Mauritius have the highest number of melitid species in common with the Lizard Island area.