Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-25-2015

Publication Title

ZooKeys

Keywords

Amphipods, Coral reefs, Ascidians, Sponges, Invasive species, Model organisms, Taxonomy

ISSN

1313-2989

Volume

518

First Page

51

Last Page

66

Abstract

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.

Comments

This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Additional Comments

NSF grant #: DEB 12576304

DOI

10.3897/zookeys.518.9340

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