|Caridina variabilirostris |
Mazancourt, Marquet & Keith, 2018
Recently, the status of a new species of atyid shrimp from Pohnpei (Micronesia) was discussed in relation to C. brachydactyla De Man, 1908 and C. mertoni J. Roux, 1911. By combining morphological data with a phylogenetic analysis with closely related species, this species is here described as Caridina variabilirostris sp. nov. Notes on its ecological distribution are also provided. The new species is characterized by a highly variable rostrum and is present in rivers all over Pohnpei Island. The status of this new species is clarified and it is shown that neither C. brachydactyla De Man 1908 nor C. mertoni J. Roux, 1911 occur on Pohnpei Island.
Keywords: 16S, molecular, integrative taxonomy, island, morphology.
Class Malacostraca Latreille, 1802
Order Decapoda Latreille, 1802
Family Atyidae De Haan, 1849
Genus Caridina H. Milne Edwards, 1837
|Fig. 5. Caridina variabilirostris sp. nov., live coloration (Photos: P. Keith)|
Caridina variabilirostris sp. nov.
Etymology: The new species is named variabilirostris for its variable rostrum length.
Habitat: This species is found among macrophytes in flowing fresh water of the rivers of Pohnpei all along the course, showing good adaptability to different temperatures and hydrological conditions. It is more abundant in higher elevations due to reduced predator pressure.
Distribution: This new species is currently known from Pohnpei Island only.
Valentin de Mazancourt, Gerard Marquet and Philippe Keith. 2018. Caridina variabilirostris (Crustacea: Decapoda: Atyidae), A New Species of Freshwater Shrimp from Pohnpei (Micronesia). European Journal of Taxonomy. 453; 1–16. DOI: 10.5852/ejt.2018.453