Abstract

Natatolana Bruce, 1981 is one of the most speciose, widespread and abundant isopod genera occurring in marine environments. Species in the genus are ecologically important as scavengers and occasionally have a negative impact on commercial fisheries by feeding on catches restrained in traps, nets or on lines. The study of Natatolana species is hampered by difficulties in identification, inadequate descriptions and a lack of overall taxonomic revision. In this study, taxonomic, biogeographical and ecological information is reviewed for all 72 species of Natatolana now recognized worldwide. A revised generic diagnosis, a key to species, and diagnoses and synonymies for all species are presented. Phylogenetic relationships of the genus and species are discussed. Thirteen new species are described, 10 from Australia: N. brucei n.sp., N. buzwilsoni n.sp., N. debrae n.sp., N. femina n.sp., N. flexura n.sp., N. helenae n.sp., N. lilliput n.sp., N. rusteni n.sp., N. sinuosa n.sp., and N. zebra n.sp., and three from New Zealand: N. aotearoa n.sp., N. honu n.sp., and N. paranarica n.sp. Redescriptions or new illustrations are provided for an additional seven species. Lectotypes are designated for three species. Justification for placement of N. lurur and N. wullunya as junior synonyms of N. arcicauda and N. nammuldi, respectively, is presented.

 
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Keable, 2006, Rec. Aust. Mus. 58(2): 133–244
Author
Stephen J. Keable
Year
2006
Title
Taxonomic revision of Natatolana (Crustacea: Isopoda: Cirolanidae)
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
58
Issue
2
Start Page
133
End Page
244
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.58.2006.1469
Language
English
Date Published
14 June 2006
Cover Date
14 June 2006
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
CRUSTACEA: ISOPODA; TAXONOMY
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14 June 2006
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14 June 2006
Reference Number
1469
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