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Revista Brasileira de Zoologia

Print version ISSN 0101-8175

Rev. Bras. Zool. vol.13 no.3 Curitiba  1996

http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-81751996000300002 

The species of Hippolyte Leach (Crustacea, Caridea, Hippolytidae) from Terminos Lagoon, southwestern Gulf of Mexico

 

 

M.L. Negreiros-FransozoI; E. BarbaII; A.J. SanchezII; A. FransozoI; A. Ráz-GuzmánII

IDepartamento de Zoologia, Instituto de Biociências e Centro de Aquicultura, Universidade Estadual Paulista. 18618-000 Botucatu, São Paulo, Brasil
IILaboratório Ecologia del Bentos, Instituto de Ciências dei Mar y Limnología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Apartado 70-305, 04510 México, DF, México

 

 


ABSTRACT

The taxonomic identity of specimens of the genus Hippolyte Leach, 1814 of Laguna de Términos was considered including the colour and the presence-absence of tufts of plumose setae on the dorsal surface of the carapace and abdomen as secondary characteristics to morphological features of taxonomic value. Two groups were formed based on appearance: one transparent with setae and another green without setae. The analysis of five morphological characteristics in adult females of the two groups made it possible to identify only H. zostericola (Smith, 1873). Fecundity and fertility were similar (0.5>p>0.2) in both groups. The first zoea of both groups were also morphologically similar. Considering these results, it is concluded that the only species collected was H. zoslericola and that it has two phenotypical types. It is recomended that the morphological analysis of all larval stages be carried out.

Key words: Hippolyte, zoea, fertility, fecundity, SW Gulf of Mexico


 

 

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS. The authors are grateful to L.A. Soto, head of the Lab. Ecología del Bentos for his overall support, to F. Vera, A. Ortega and A. Roda, of the field station of El Carnien-ICMYL for their help at the station and on the lagoon, and to N. Canales for helping to review the specimens. This study was financed by the research project "Interacciones Ecológicas en Comunidades Bénticas Litorales/OGMEX-Comunidades Bénticas" of the ICMyL, UNAM, and was carried out during a short stay of the members of the NEBECC in Mexico. The authors arc gratefull to Pillar Peralta-Pereira, to Rosa Florido-Araújo y Patricia Schmidtsdorf for their helping during the field work.

 

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Recebido em 30.XI.1995; aceito em 21.X.1996.

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