Australian Museum Journal Platybranch sphaeromatids (Crustacea: Isopoda) from the Australian region with description of a new genus

Shortform:
Holdich and Harrison, 1981, Rec. Aust. Mus. 33(12): 617–643
Author(s):
Holdich, D. M.; Harrison, K.
Year published:
1981
Title:
Platybranch sphaeromatids (Crustacea: Isopoda) from the Australian region with description of a new genus
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
33
Issue:
12
Start page:
617
End page:
643
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.33.1981.247
Language:
English
Date published:
31 May 1981
Cover date:
31 May 1981
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
CRUSTACEA: ISOPODA
Digitized:
19 March 2009
Available online:
01 April 2009
Reference number:
247
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Complete work:
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Abstract

Recent sampling off the eastern and south-eastern coasts of Australia has produced a number of specimens of platybranchiate sphaeromatid isopods, but the unfortunate lack of detailed keys has led to a number of misidentifications and the curation of unidentified material in museum collections. In an effort to prevent this, all known Australian platybranch species are redescribed and refigured here. The geographical ranges of Paracassidina pectinata Baker and Syncassidina aestuaria Baker are extended from Western Australia to south-eastern Australia and Queensland. The general biology of P. pectinata is discussed and adults of S. aestuaria are described for the first time. In addition, a new species, forming a new genus, Platysphaera membranata gen. nov., sp. nov., is described from the Coral Sea. A key for the identification of all known Australian platybranchs is provided.