New Species of Crustacean Discovered On Coast of California

llustration of female and male Liropus minusculus.

As José Manuel Guerra García, the main author of the study, explains: “This new species presents differences relative to other examples of the same genus in the dorsal protuberances on its body, as well as in its legs, pincers and abdomen.”

The researchers have named this new crustacean Liropus minusculus on account of its small size. The males measure only around 3.3 mm and the females 2..1 mm. The appearance of this animal for the first time in the northeast Pacific enables us to find out about the biogeographical patterns of the genus and understand its speciation processes.

“Specimens of the Liropus genus can be found in both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Taxonomic research on caprellid crustaceans are crucial to identifying them correctly and knowing which species we are working with in ecological research and other applied studies on marine bioindicators, uses in aquaculture, extraction of compounds of pharmacological interest, etc.,” stresses Guerra García.

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