Petrescu et al. 2014

scientific article | Zootaxa

Three new Nannastacidae (Crustacea: Cumacea) species from a Caribbean mesophotic ecosystem

Petrescu I, Chatterjee T, Schizas NV

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Examination of substrata from the mesophotic reefs of Mona Island, Puerto Rico yielded 3 new species of cumaceans, all from the family Nannastacidae: Cumella achimae sp. nov., C. victoriae sp. nov. and Nannastacus craciuni sp. nov. The 3 new species bring the total of new cumacean taxa described from the mesophotic reefs of US Caribbean to 9, highlight- ing the potential of mesophotic reefs as a biodiversity hotspot. For the first time we report the genus Nannastacus from the Caribbean Sea.

Research sites

10.11646   zootaxa.3765.4.4
Depth range
73- 73 m

Mesophotic “mentions”
12 x (total of 3569 words)

Biodiversity Taxonomy

Research focus

Puerto Rico

Research platforms
Diving - Technical Rebreather

Reports new species
Author profiles
Nikolaos Schizas ( 17 pubs)