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Littoral Tanaidacea (Crustacea: Peracarida) from Macaronesia: allopatry and provenance in recent habitats

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 April 2012

Roger N. Bamber*
ARTOO Marine Biology Consultants, Ocean Quay, Belvidere Road, Southampton SO14 5QY, United Kingdom
Correspondence should be addressed to: R.N. Bamber, ARTOO Marine Biology Consultants, Ocean Quay, Belvidere Road, Southampton SO14 5QY, United Kingdom email:


The Macaronesian Islands in the mid-Atlantic pose a number of questions relating to their colonization by littoral tanaidaceans, as these taxa have no obligate dispersive phase. Recent surveys of the four main archipelagos discovered twelve species of tanaidacean, four of which are new to science, in seven genera (one new to science). In addition, some taxa described by Vanhöffen at the beginning of the last century were rediscovered. All the taxa are described, and their zoogeography, likely origin, and possible means of colonization are discussed.

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Copyright © Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 2012

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