Two new species of ectinosomatid copepods (Harpacticoida: Ectinosomatidae) from the Caribbean coast of Colombia


  • Eduardo Suárez-Morales
  • Juan M. Fuentes-Reinés


Palabras clave:

Halectinosoma, Pseudobradya, Harpacticoids, Benthic copepods, Navío Quebrado Lagoon


Biological samples from the lagoonal system Laguna Navío Quebrado, Caribbean Colombian coast, yielded 2 undescribed species of harpacticoid copepods of the family Ectinosomatidae. The first species, Halectinosoma arangureni sp. nov., is most closely related to H. langi Wells, 1967, H. curticorne (Boeck, 1873) and H. abyssicola (Bodin, 1968), but diverges from these congeners in: 1) the length-width ratio of the maxillipedal basis; 2) the outer caudal seta(II)/caudal ramus length ratio; 3) details of the mandible palp and blade; 4) the length of the inner
exopodal seta of P5; 5) the accessory seta on the male P5 exopod, and 6) a T-shaped incision on the male third urosomite. The second species, Pseudobradya gascae sp. nov. closely resembles P. robusta Sars, 1910 and P. barroisi (Richard, 1893), but diverges from these species by: 1) the number of antennular segments in the female; 2) the absence of a seta on the antennary EXP2; 3) proportions of the maxilliped; 4) the relative
length of P1EXP; 5) caudal seta III/caudal ramus length ratio, and 6) the unusually long middle seta of P5EXP. Both genera are recorded for the first time in Colombia.