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Pešić et al. 2012


scientific article | Zootaxa

A new species of Pontarachna (Acari, Hydrachnidia, Pontarachnidae) from a mesophotic coral ecosystem off Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, Caribbean Sea

Pešić V, Chatterjee T, Schizas NV



Abstract

The water mite family Pontarachnidae Koenike, 1910, the only family of the Hydrachnidia occurring in the marine environment, represents a diverse and widespread, but still neglected group of marine meiofauna. Most marine species live nearshore with the exception of few freshwater species found in estuaries or locations near the sea (Smit 2002; Smit & Alberti 2010). In this paper we describe a new species, Pontarachna nemethi, from substrata collected from El Seco, a mesophotic site near Vieques Island off Puerto Rico, from 52–67 m depth, more than 2 times the depth at which Pontarachnidae have been previously collected. The finding of the new species remarkably extended the potential area of the world ocean occupied by the Pontarachnidae.

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Keywords
Meta-data
Depth range
52- 67 m

Mesophotic “mentions”
10 x (total of 1598 words)

Fields
Biodiversity
Taxonomy

Focusgroups
Other invertebrates

Locations
Puerto Rico

Platforms
Diving - Technical Rebreather


Reports new species
Author profiles
Nikolaos Schizas ( 22 pubs)