First record of Arctodiaptomus wierzejskii (Richard, 1888) (Copepoda Calanoida Diaptomidae) from Malta

  • Luca Montevago Department of Biological, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technologies (STEBICEF), University of Palermo, Italy.
  • Luca Vecchioni Department of Biological, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technologies (STEBICEF), University of Palermo, Italy. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4325-9728
  • Federico Marrone | federico.marrone@unipa.it Department of Biological, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technologies (STEBICEF), University of Palermo, Italy. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4730-0452

Abstract

Diaptomid copepods belonging to the genus Arctodiaptomus Kiefer, 1932 were collected in two temporary water bodies in Malta. The morphological identification of the collected specimens proved that they belong to Arctodiaptomus wierzejskii (Richard, 1888) even if a morphological peculiarity pertaining to the morphology of the male right antennule of the Maltese populations was observed and here briefly discussed. This finding constitutes the first record of a calanoid copepod from the inland waters of the Maltese Islands.

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2020-11-18
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Maltese inland waters, microcrustaceans, temporary waters
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Montevago, L., Vecchioni, L., & Marrone, F. (2020). First record of <em>Arctodiaptomus wierzejskii</em&gt; (Richard, 1888) (Copepoda Calanoida Diaptomidae) from Malta. Natural History Sciences, 7(2). https://doi.org/10.4081/nhs.2020.481