Amphipods, Coral reefs, Ascidians, Sponges, Invasive species, Model organisms, Taxonomy
A new species of leucothoid amphipod, Leucothoe eltoni sp. n., is described from coral reefs in Raja Ampat, Indonesia where it inhabits the branchial chambers of solitary tunicates. With an inflated first gnathopod superficially resembling the genus Paraleucothoe, this new species has a two-articulate maxilla 1 palp characteristic of the genus Leucothoe. While described from coral reef environments in tropical Indonesia and the Philippines, it is an established invasive species in the Hawaiian Islands. The most likely mode of introduction was a US Navy dry dock transported to Pearl Harbor in 1992 from Subic Bay, Philippines.
James Darwin Thomas. 2015. Leucothoe eltoni sp. n., a New Species of Commensal Leucothoid Amphipod from Coral Reefs in Raja Ampat, Indonesia (Crustacea, Amphipoda) .ZooKeys : 51 -66. https://nsuworks.nova.edu/occ_facarticles/729.