Abstract

This paper is the first study of melitid amphipods from tropical Australia. Seventeen species of Melitidae in the genera Ceradocus, Dulichiella, Elasmopus, Maera, Mallacoota and Parelasmopus are recorded from Lizard Island and adjacent reefs. In addition Ceradocus hawaiensis Barnard is recorded from Heron Island. Seven new species are described: Ceradocus oxyodus, C. wooree, C. yandala, Elasmopus crenulatus, E. spinicarpus, Maera griffini and Mallacoota balara. A lectotype is established and described for Parelasmopus suensis. The diagnosis for the genus Mallacoota is expanded and a key to the known species included.

None of the Melitidae from Lizard Island and adjacent reefs has been recorded from southern or south-eastern Australia. Madagascar and Mauritius have the highest number of melitid species in common with the Lizard Island area.

 
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Berents, 1983, Rec. Aust. Mus. 35(3): 101–143
Author
Penelope B. Berents
Year
1983
Title
The Melitidae of Lizard Island and adjacent reefs, The Great Barrier Reef, Australia (Crustacea: Amphipoda)
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
35
Issue
3
Start Page
101
End Page
143
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.35.1983.313
Language
English
Date Published
11 November 1983
Cover Date
11 November 1983
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
CRUSTACEA: AMPHIPODA
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30 January 2009
Available Online
09 March 2009
Reference Number
313
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