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On Some Inland Crustacea and Their Habitats of Mona Island in the Northern Caribbean Region

Author: Douglas G Smith; Andrew M Wier
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication:Crustaceana, v72 n7 (19991001): 635-646
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A recent extensive survey of Mona Island, an unihabited island between Puerto Rico and Hispaniola, has revealed the presence of four inland crustacean species previously unreported from the island, a new genus and species of terrestrial amphipod, Cariborchestia xerophila, a clam shrimp in the genus Eulimnadia, a terrestrial isopod, Venezillo culebrae, and a subterranean shrimp, Macrobrachium faustinum var. A few of  Read more...
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Document Type: Article
All Authors / Contributors: Douglas G Smith; Andrew M Wier
ISSN:0011-216X
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 5554333257
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A recent extensive survey of Mona Island, an unihabited island between Puerto Rico and Hispaniola, has revealed the presence of four inland crustacean species previously unreported from the island, a new genus and species of terrestrial amphipod, Cariborchestia xerophila, a clam shrimp in the genus Eulimnadia, a terrestrial isopod, Venezillo culebrae, and a subterranean shrimp, Macrobrachium faustinum var. A few of these species are briefly discussed with respect to their systematics and their habitats. The three taxa other than the new amphipod are taxonomically poorly understood. The habitats all species occur in are small, isolated, and ephemeral to varying degrees and very susceptable to alteration. Such habitats are now rare or have been destroyed in larger developed islands of the region. Protection of these remaining habitats is neccessary to allow study of inhabitants and their role in the ecology of limestone islands. /// Une étude extensive récente de Mona Island, une île inhabitée entre Puerto Rico et Hispaniola, a révéle la présence de quatre espèces auparavant non signalées des eaux intérieures de cette île, un genre et une espèce nouveaux d'amphipode terrestre, Cariborchestia xerophila, un branchiopode Spinicaudata du genre Eulimnadia, un isopode terrestre, Venezillo culebrae, et une crevette souterraine, Macrobrachium faustinum var. Quelques-unes de ces espèces sont discutées brièvement quant à leur systématique et leurs habitats. Les trois taxa autres que l'amphipode nouveau sont peu connus sur le plan systématique. Les habitats qui abritent ces espèces sont petits, isolés et éphémères à des degrés divers, et susceptibles d'être exposés à des modifications. La protection de ces habitats survivants est nécessaire pour permettre l'étude des organismes qui y vivent et leur rôle dans l'écologie des îles calcaires.

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