Book Chapter Maeridae, the Elasmopus group

Dr Jim Lowry & Dr Lauren Hughes

Dr Jim Lowry & Dr Lauren Hughes
Photographer: Stuart Humphreys © Australian Museum

Citation: Lowry, J. K; Hughes, L. E. 2009. Maeridae, the Elasmopus group. Lowry, J.K. & Myers, A.A. (ed). pp 643-702 In Benthic Amphipoda of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Zootaxa 2260. Magnolia Press: Auckland, NZ. ISBN 978 1 86977 411 0


In the Elasmopus group of maerid amphipods, seven species of Elasmopus, six species of Mallacoota and two species of Parelasmopus are reported from the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia. Five of the 15 species, Elasmopus slatyeri, Elasmopus varanocephalensis, Mallacoota capricornia, Mallacoota scopulosa and Parelasmopus cymatilis are new to science. The Maeridae is diagnosed against all amphipod families and additional genera are assigned to the family.

Key words: Crustacea, Amphipoda, Maeridae, Elasmopus group, Great Barrier Reef, Australia, new species, taxonomy, Elasmopus alalo, Elasmopus crenulatus, Elasmopus hooheno, Elasmopus pectenicrus, Elasmopus slatyeri, Elasmopus spinicarpus, Elasmopus varanocephalensis, Mallacoota balara, Mallacoota capricornia, Mallacoota chandaniae, Mallacoota nananui, Mallacoota schellenbergi, Mallacoota scopulosa, Parelasmopus cymatilis, Parelasmopus suensis


by Maria Byrne, Professor Marine and Developmental Biology, University of Sydney:

This important new book on the amphipods of the Great Barrier Reef is the result of years of collective effort by an international team of 20 amphipod experts. It fills a major gap in knowledge of the amphipods of Australia, as previously the tropical fauna was poorly known.

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