Australian Museum Journal The harpacticoid copepods (Crustacea) of the saline lakes in southeast Australia, with special reference to the Laophontidae

Shortform:
Hamond, 1973, Rec. Aust. Mus. 28(17): 393–420
Author(s):
Hamond, R.
Year published:
1973
Title:
The harpacticoid copepods (Crustacea) of the saline lakes in southeast Australia, with special reference to the Laophontidae
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
28
Issue:
17
Start page:
393
End page:
420
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.28.1973.406
Language:
English
Date published:
20 July 1973
Cover date:
20 July 1973
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
CRUSTACEA: COPEPODA; TAXONOMY
Digitized:
03 February 2009
Available online:
03 March 2009
Reference number:
406
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (64kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (2117kb PDF)

Abstract

The bottom-living copepods collected by Dr I. A. E. Bayly in the saline lakes include the cyclopoid Halicyclops ambiguus Kiefer and six species of harpacticoid, namely Mesochra baylyi Hamond, Onychocamptus bengalensis (Sewell), Cletocamptus deitersi (Richard), Heterolaophonte wellsi sp. nov., Robertsonia propinqua (Scott), and an undescribed species of Amphiascoides. M. baylyi was by far the most widespread and numerous harpacticoid, and in many of the samples it was the only harpacticoid present. O. bengalensis was the second most numerous and widespread harpacticoid, the other harpacticoids all being scarce; H. ambiguus was about as common as O. bengalensis, and had a substantially similar distribution. R. propinqua, O. bengalensis, and C. deitersi are new records for Australia. H. wellsi has been found only in high-salinity localities lacking weeds, and therefore appears to favour the bottom sediments; none of the other species showed any distinct preference for localities with or without weeds. The present paper also contains the description of H. wellsi, a redescription of O. bengalensis, and notes on C. deitersi.

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