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A new mesopelagic appendicularian, Mesochordaeus bahamasi gen. nov., sp. nov.

  • R. Fenaux (a1) and M. J. Youngbluth (a2)

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An appendicularian belonging to the family Oikopleuridae, subfamily Bathochordaeinae, Mesochordaeus bahamasi gen. nov., sp. nov., is described from a single specimen collected at mesopelagic depth in Bahamian waters. As the subfamily was founded with only one genus (Bathochordaeus), new descriptions are given for the subfamily and the two genera.

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A new mesopelagic appendicularian, Mesochordaeus bahamasi gen. nov., sp. nov.

  • R. Fenaux (a1) and M. J. Youngbluth (a2)

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