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Revision of the genus Tapholeon Wells, 1967 (Copepoda, Harpacticoida, Laophontidae)
Gheerardyn, H.; Fiers, F.; Vincx, M.; De Troch, M. (2007). Revision of the genus Tapholeon Wells, 1967 (Copepoda, Harpacticoida, Laophontidae). J. Nat. Hist. 41(37-40): 2479-2510
In: Journal of Natural History. Taylor & Francis: London. ISSN 0022-2933; e-ISSN 1464-5262
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  • Gheerardyn, H., more
  • Fiers, F.
  • Vincx, M., more
  • De Troch, M.

Abstract
    To date, only two species are known in the laophontid genus Tapholeon Wells, 1967 (Copepoda, Harpacticoida). In the present contribution, a redescription of the type species T. Ornatus Wells, 1967, based on the type material, is provided. Furthermore, two new species are described from the coast of Kenya, T. Inconspicuus sp. nov. and T. Tenuis sp. nov. Two species, formerly attributed to Asellopsis Brady and Robertson, 1873 (namely A. Arenicola Chappuis, 1954 and A. Chappuisius Krishnaswamy, 1957), are allocated to Tapholeon based on the absence of sexual dimorphism in the swimming legs P2-P4. The former of the two species is redescribed based on additional material from the Comoros. An updated generic diagnosis and a key to the six species of Tapholeon are included.

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