An inquiline deep-water bryozoan/amphipod association from New Zealand : including the description of a new genus and species of Chevaliidae

  • For the first time Amphipoda have been discovered living in Bryozoa. A new genus and species of the amphipod family Chevaliidae, Bryoconversor tutus gen. et sp. nov. is described from New Zealand at depths of 530–1500 m. The species lives in an inquiline relationship with the cheilostome bryozoan Onchoporoides moseleyi (Calwelliidae), inhabiting an abfrontal basal coelom of the bryozoan beneath the membranous ectocyst (cuticularized epithelium) that conceals and protects the amphipods. The colony is strengthened along all edges by a unique intracoelomic rod of calcium carbonate that is formed within the marginal kenozooids of the colony. The potential benefits and costs to the bryozoan are discussed.

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Author:Anne-Nina LörzORCiD, Alan Myers, Dennis Gordon
Parent Title (English):European journal of taxonomy : 72
Series (Serial Number):European journal of taxonomy : EJT (72)
Publisher:Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle
Place of publication:Paris
Document Type:Part of Periodical
Year of Completion:2014
Date of first Publication:2014/01/29
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2014/03/10
Tag:Amphipoda; Bryozoa; Chevaliidae; New Zealand; commensalism
Page Number:17
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 59 Tiere (Zoologie) / 590 Tiere (Zoologie)
Sammlungen:Sammlung Biologie / Sondersammelgebiets-Volltexte
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 3.0