Validation and redescription of the hyperiidean amphipod Brachyscelus rapacoides Stephensen, 1925 (Crustacea: Amphipoda: Hyperiidea: Brachyscelidae), a new record of association with the scyphozoan jellyfish Rhopilema nomadica Galil, 1990 (Scyphozoa: Rhizostomeae: Rhizostomatidae) in the Mediterranean Sea

Wolfgang Zeidler, Jacob Douek, Baruch Rinkevich, Roy Gevili, Menachem Goren, Bella S. Galil

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Abstract

The hyperiidean amphipod Brachyscelus rapacoides Stephensen, 1925 is recorded from the scyphozoan jellyfish Rhopile-ma nomadica Galil, 1990, a new record of association for the genus Brachyscelus, as well as the first record of hyperiid infestation of a non-indigenous scyphozoan host. Because of some past confusion concerning the status of B. rapacoides and the closely related species B. rapax (Claus, 1871) a redescription of B. rapacoides and molecular analysis are provided in order to validate it as a species distinguished from B. rapax.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-534
Number of pages12
JournalZootaxa
Volume4471
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 6 Sep 2018

Keywords

  • Amphipoda
  • Associ-ation
  • Brachyscelus rapacoides
  • Hyperiidea
  • Redescription
  • Rhopilema nomadica
  • Scyphozoa

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