Abstract

Recent sampling off the eastern and south-eastern coasts of Australia has produced a number of specimens of platybranchiate sphaeromatid isopods, but the unfortunate lack of detailed keys has led to a number of misidentifications and the curation of unidentified material in museum collections. In an effort to prevent this, all known Australian platybranch species are redescribed and refigured here. The geographical ranges of Paracassidina pectinata Baker and Syncassidina aestuaria Baker are extended from Western Australia to south-eastern Australia and Queensland. The general biology of P. pectinata is discussed and adults of S. aestuaria are described for the first time. In addition, a new species, forming a new genus, Platysphaera membranata gen. nov., sp. nov., is described from the Coral Sea. A key for the identification of all known Australian platybranchs is provided.

 
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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
Holdich and Harrison, 1981, Rec. Aust. Mus. 33(12): 617–643
Author
D. M. Holdich; K. Harrison
Year
1981
Title
Platybranch sphaeromatids (Crustacea: Isopoda) from the Australian region with description of a new genus
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
33
Issue
12
Start Page
617
End Page
643
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.33.1981.247
Language
English
Date Published
31 May 1981
Cover Date
31 May 1981
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
CRUSTACEA: ISOPODA
Digitized
19 March 2009
Available Online
01 April 2009
Reference Number
247
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