Parartemia veronicae,

Timms, Brian V, 2010, Six new species of the brine shrimp Parartemia Sayce 1903 (Crustacea: Anostraca: Artemiina) in Western Australia, Zootaxa 2715, pp. 1-35: 27-30

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Parartemia veronicae


Parartemia veronicae 

(Figs 4,7,12)

Parartemia  sp. d Timms and Savage, 2004, p25, 25, 32, 33, Campagna, 2007 Parartemia  sp. a. Chaplin, 1998

Parartemia  species B Clegg and Campagna 2006, p 120.

Etymology. The species name honours Veronica Campagna who studied this species in Lake Yindarlgooda for her doctorate and who collected and/or raised many specimens of this species and of P. laticaudata  sp. nov. for this study.

Holotype. Male, 110 km WSW of Norseman, Lake Johnson South, (32 o 25 ’ 52 ”S, 120 o 38 ’ 37 ”E), 20 January 2007, BVT, WAM 45242View Materials.

Allotype. Female, same collecting data as holotype, WAM 45243View Materials.

Paratypes. Three males, two females, same collecting data as holotype, WAM 45244View Materials; Three males, two females, same collecting data as holotype, AM P 82977View Materials.

Other material. 10 males, 10 females, 137 km east of Norseman, unnamed salt lake east of Newman Rocks, (32 o 07’ 01”S, 123 o 11 ’ 15 ”E), 18 January 2007, BVT, WAM 45246View Materials; 5 males, 5 females, 39 km east of Norseman, unnamed roadside lake, (32 o 04’ 10 ”S, 122 o 08’ 14 ”E), 21 July 2003, BVT, WAM 45247View Materials.

Description. Male. Length 12.5 mm (head plus thorax 5.5 mm, abdomen 7 mm)

First antenna ( Fig. 12View FIGURE 12 A) filiform, almost as long as basal antennomere of second antenna.

Second antenna. The two basal antennomeres ( Fig. 12View FIGURE 12 A) fused at an angle of about 50 o to body axis. Ventral margin with paired linear ventral processes, length about three times average depth. These processes with a rounded lateroventral corner not protruding laterally and with a prominent triangular medioventral corner; margin between the corners concave and medial margin convex and all margins lacking even minute spines. Medial process ( Fig. 12View FIGURE 12 A) between ventral processes triangular and filling about the basal third of the space. Anterior processes ( Fig. 12View FIGURE 12 A) triangular, length about three times average width and subequal to depth of medial margin sulcus of ventral processes. Distal antennomere ( Fig. 12View FIGURE 12 A) of second antenna thin, cylindrical and tapering and about twice as long as basal antennomere.

Thoracic segments increasing in width 1 st to 10 th/ 11 th. Thoracopods of Parartemia  type but with a fewer posterior setae on endites 1 +2, 3, exopodite and endopodite. 11 th thoracopod without an epipodite, and first and last two smaller than remainder. Genital segments narrower than posterior thoracic segments and with 2 nd genital segment oval in cross section, so giving a wider appearance than 1 st abdominal segment from a dorsal perspective, but laterally a lower diameter than 1 st abdominal segment.

Gonopods ( Fig. 12View FIGURE 12 B) paired and about twice the diameter of tubular free apical part. Sharp triangular spine at base of free section and a small digitiform process subapically.

Abdominal segments increase in length and decrease further in diameter 1 to 6. 6 th abdominal segment a little less than twice length of 1 st segment.

Cercopods clothed with setae laterally and medially and subequal in length to 5 th abdominal segment.

Female. Length 8.9 mm (head plus thorax 4.8 mm, abdomen 4.1 mm).

Head ( Fig. 12View FIGURE 12 C) with first antenna filiform, shorter than eye plus peduncle. Second antenna about 1.5 times as long as eye plus peduncle, sausage shaped narrowing asymmetrically to an elongated apex. Naupliar eye prominent midway between the compound eyes. Labrum with a recurved spine.

Thoracomeres ( Fig. 12View FIGURE 12 D,E) 1 to 9 normal, thoracomere 10 with large dorsolateral swellings and segment 11 with two smaller dorsolateral swellings, each somewhat sclerotised. Swellings of thoracomere 10 with a weak ridge horizontally near the segment margin. Brood pouch lateral lobes joined medioventrally and directed posteriorly at the gonopore, which is borne on a short tubular structure.

Thoracopods. Fifth thoracopod similar to that of male. First, second, ninth and tenth thoracopods smaller than third to ninth thoracopods. No eleventh thoracopod. First thoracopod (Fig. 7 M) with all components, but with fewer posterior setae on endites 1 +2, 3, endopodite and exopodite. Basal anterior setae of endites 4 and 5 longer than adjacent posterior setae and basal region of anterior setae of endite 1 about three times thicker than adjacent posterior setae and about as long. Tenth thoracopod (Fig. 7 N) without an epipodite and praeepipodite, and a reduced exopodite protruding only a little more than the endopodite. Anterior setae all smaller than posterior setae. Posterior setae markedly reduced in numbers on endites 1 + 2 and 3 at about 8 and 3 respectively, though numbers on endopodite and exopodite less reduced at about 16 each.

Abdomen as in male, but covered in coarse denticles.

Variability. In males the relative length of the median process varies from about one quarter to almost one half of the depth of the medial margin of the ventral process, while the length of the anterior process also varies a little, though it is always a sturdy cone about twice as long as basal diameter. The ventral processes show a little variation in the degree of convexity of their ventral margins and in the prominence of the medioventral corner.

In subadult females of both collections east of Norseman, the thoracic swellings are not fully developed, and of course the brood chambers may be undeveloped. The lateral ridge on the lateral swellings of thoracomere 10 may be hard to detect, and the sclerotization of thoracopod 11 swellings may be incomplete. In general, the best developed of the swellings is the upper pair on thoracomere 11 and the least developed is the lateral swelling on thoracomere 10. In some specimens there is a weak swelling mid-dorsum on thoracomere 9.

Differential diagnosis. Both males and females of Parartemia veronicae  sp. nov. are unspecialised without many of the special features seen in most other species. While it is usual for the female head to be undistinctive, the male head too has few remarkable features; the thorax lacks lateral lobes in both sexes and most female thoracomeres are little modified in other ways; females lack the 11 th thoracopod as in most species, and other thoracopods are unremarkable; and the abdomen in both sexes is almost standard for Parartemia  .

However the male is distinctive by having a triangular medial process, a feature shared only by P. acidiphila  . In the latter species it is subequal in length to the depth of the ventral process and is notched at the apex, while in Parartemia veronicae  sp. nov., the medial process is much shorter (<50 %) than the ventral processes and has a single unnotched apex. The ventral processes are shaped differently from that in most species, what with the convex ventral margin, unfolded medial margin and especially the triangular medioventral corner. The later is reminiscent of that in P. triquetra  , but in Parartemia veronicae  sp. nov. is less prominent and lacks a spinous margin. These two species have a similar shaped frontal process, but can be further differentiated by the relative length of the first antenna ― it is almost as long as the basal second antennomere in P. veronicae  sp. nov., but only half this comparative length in P. triquetra  . The frontal processes, while not unique, are certainly not massive and protruding beyond the ventral processes as in P. bicorna  sp. nov., or hardly present as in Parartemia laticaudata  sp. nov., or digitiform as in P. serventyi  , P. contracta  , P. longicaudata  , and Parartemia boomeranga  sp. nov., but they could be confused with those of P. triquetra  , P. zietziana  , P. informis  and P. acidiphila  .

The most distinctive feature in female Parartemia veronicae  sp. nov. is the large tumidity on each side of thoracomere 10 and two small tumidities on each lateral surface of segment 11. Other species with thoracic tumidities include P. longicaudata  , P. minuta  , P. serventyi  , P. yarleensis  , P. purpurea  sp. nov., P. boomeranga  sp. nov., and P. laticaudata  sp. nov.. The tumidities on these species are not on thoracomeres 10 and 11, nor in the combination (2 big; 4 small, all lateral) seen in Parartemia veronicae  sp. nov. Having the brood chamber partly divided into lateral lobes is shared by a few species, including P. auriciforma  , P. triquetra  , P. yarleensis  , P. purpurea  sp. nov. and P. laticaudata  sp. nov. The first three are separated by the presence of lateral thoracic lobes, P. purpurea  sp. nov. has lateral flaps on thoracomeres 9 and 10, and P. laticaudata  sp. nov. has three tumidities on thoracomere 9, one medial and two lateral (cf P. veronicae  sp. nov., two tumidities on thoracomere 10, both lateral).

Distribution and ecology. Parartemia veronicae  sp. nov. is known from the Goldfields from Willuna in the north to both and east and west of Norseman in the south (Timms et al. 2009)( Fig. 4View FIGURE 4). Its known salinity range is 74 – 225 g /L ( Chaplin, 1998). Information on its ecology is given in Campagna (2007) (as Parartemia  n sp. d) and Chaplin (1998) (as Parartemia  sp. a). This species also has stress proteins and trehalose in its eggs to help survive in severe saline conditions (see comments on P. laticaudata  sp. nov. above) ( Clegg and Campagna, 2006)


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