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|Stygofauna of the Canary Islands: 10. Rotundiclipeidae Fam. Nov. (Copepoda, Harpacticoida) from an anchihaline cave on Tenerife, Canary Islands|
Huys, R. (1988). Stygofauna of the Canary Islands: 10. Rotundiclipeidae Fam. Nov. (Copepoda, Harpacticoida) from an anchihaline cave on Tenerife, Canary Islands. Stygologia 4(1): 42-63
In: Stygologia. E.J. Brill: Leiden. ISSN 0169-3662
A new family Rotundiclipeidae is proposed for an anchihaline cave-dwelling harpacticoid Rotundiclipeus canaricnsis gen. nov:, sp. nov. from Tenerife, Canary Islands. It is suggested that the family should be placed in the Cervinioidea grouping also the chiefly deep-sea Cerviniidae and the mesopelagic Aegisthidae. Because of numerous unique and unusual derived traits, the smallsized Rotundiclipeidae are regarded as the advanced sistergroup of the Cerviniidae-Aegisthidae complex whilst the Cerviniidae are standing closest to the cervinioid ancestor. In the context of Stock's (1986) conclusion it is postulated that both the cave-dwelling Rotundiclipeidae and the deep-sea Cerviniidae are originated from a common shallow water ancestor.