Scientia Marina, Vol 74, No 4 (2010)

Colomastigids (Amphipoda: Gammaridea: Colomastigidae) from the Veracruz Coral Reef System, SW Gulf of Mexico, with a description of two new species associated with sponges


https://doi.org/10.3989/scimar.2010.74n4773

Ignacio Winfield
Laboratorio de Crustáceos, Facultad de Estudios Superiores Iztacala-UNAM, Mexico

Manuel Ortiz
Centro de Investigaciones Marinas-UH, Cuba

Abstract


Two new species of the genus Colomastix (Amphipoda: Colomastigidae) associated with sponges from the Veracruz Coral Reef System, Mexico, SW Gulf of Mexico, are described. The specimens were collected from the sponges Amphimedon compressa and Desmapsamma anchorata at depths between 3 and 12 m. Colomastix sarae n. sp. and Colomastix escobarae n. sp. are compared to other, very similar species of the genus Colomastix. In addition, we provide ecological and distribution information of sponge-inhabiting Colomastix halichondriae, C. irciniae, and C. tridentata collected from this coral reef system.

Keywords


Peracarida; Colomastix; new species; coral reef; Gulf of Mexico; taxonomy

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