Paratanais, Dana, 1853

Abarca-Ávila, Mónica Mariel, Herrera-Dorantes, María Teresa, Winfield, Ignacio & Ardisson, Pedro-Luis, 2019, Updated checklist and identification key of benthic tanaidaceans (Crustacea Peracarida) of the sublittoral zone of the northern Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, Zootaxa 4711 (1), pp. 51-76: 69

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Paratanais  sp.

Material examined. TA: 14. CNCR 35350. Tr-Loc: Madagascar, Yucatan, Mexico, 21°26’30.12’’N 90°17’25.9’’W, 14 individuals, 29 May 2012, coll. GR, IW, MA, UP, collected at 15 m depth. These specimens were collected in sponges such as A. crassa  and M. laxissima  , cnidaria such as P. guadalupensis  , coral rubble. The abundance of females and males was not recorded for this species.

Local distribution. Consult Cházaro-Olvera et al. (2018).

Geographical distribution. Atlantic Ocean: Port Everglades, Florida; GoM: Florida Keys (Long Key), Tampa Bay, Florida  , Tuxpan-Lobos Protected Natural Area; Caribbean Sea: Puerto Morelos  Reef National Park , Mahahual, Quintana Roo  .

Recognition characters. First article of antennule swollen in both sexes. Female: antennule with four articles; first four pleonites with plumose setae on lateral margin; uropodal endopod with two articles. Male: small body; with large eyes; pereonites and pleonites about same size and appearance; uropodal endopod with two articles.

Remarks. This species occurs in sponges such as A. crassa  , A. compressa  , C. nucula  , I. felix  , associated with live bottom habitats, coral rubble, sand seagrass, at depths of 1 to 12 m.

References. Heard et al. (2004); Suárez-Morales et al. (2004); Morales-Núñez & Heard (2014); Monroy-Velázquez et al. (2017); Winfield et al. (2017); Cházaro-Olvera et al. (2018).


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