Australian Museum Journal Porcellidiidae of Australia (Harpacticoida, Copepoda). I. A reassessment of the European species of Porcellidium

Shortform:
Harris, 2014. Rec. Aust. Mus. 66(2): 63–110
Author(s):
Harris, Vernon A.
Year published:
2014
Title:
Porcellidiidae of Australia (Harpacticoida, Copepoda). I. A reassessment of the European species of Porcellidium
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
66
Issue:
2
Start page:
63
End page:
110
DOI:
10.3853/j.2201-4349.66.2014.1594
Language:
English
Date published:
02 April 2014
Cover date:
02 April 2014
ISSN:
0067-1975 (print) 2201-4349 (online)
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
CRUSTACEA: COPEPODA; TAXONOMY; BIOGEOGRAPHY
Digitized:
02 April 2014
Available online:
02 April 2014
Reference number:
1594
EndNote package:
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Title page:
Title page (231kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (8498kb PDF)

Abstract

A new species, Porcellidium rastellum, is described from NSW bringing the total number of species in that genus for Australia to seven. Unlike other Australian genera in the Porcellidiidae, Porcellidium Claus, 1860 is ill defined. Porcellidium viride (Philippi, 1840) is considered the type species to the genus, but it has never been adequately characterized. This has led to considerable disagreement on the characters that define the genus. Porcellidium viride can be identified from a species specific character shown by Brady’s (1880) drawing of the male antennules. Another species, Porcellidium fimbriatum Claus, 1863, can also be identified by species specific characters shown in the more complete description by Claus (1889). This enables new specimens of these two species to be identified with a high degree of certainty. In the present study, specimens collected from Oban, Scotland, identified as P. viride and P. fimbriatum, have been used to redescribe both species in detail and select species specific characters for a diagnosis of each species. A new diagnosis for the genus Porcellidium is given, based on the characters of P. viride. Extensive enquiry suggests that Philippi’s and Claus’ type material is lost. To ensure taxonomic stability of the genus Porcellidium, a neotype of P. viride is designated. From this study it is shown that P. lecanoides Claus, 1889 and P. sarsi Bocquet, 1948 are junior synonyms for P. viride. The new diagnosis for Porcellidium excludes many of the species originally placed in that genus. Porcellidium tenuicauda Claus, 1860 and P. scutatum Claus, 1889 are examples of species that possess apomorphic characters excluding them from Porcellidium sensu stricto. A new genus, Porcelloides gen. nov. is proposed to take Claus’ two species, as Porcelloides tenuicaudus (Claus, 1860) comb. nov., and Porcelloides scutatus (Claus, 1889) comb. nov. Keys to the known species of Porcellidium and Porcelloides are given.