New Loricifera from Southeastern United States Coastal Waters
|Title||New Loricifera from Southeastern United States Coastal Waters|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1986|
|Authors||Higgins, R. P., & Kristensen R. M.|
|Journal||Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology|
Eight new species, comprising two new genera and a new family of Loricifera, are described from the meiobenthos of medium to coarse sandy subtidal habitats, 289-439 m deep, off the coast of North and South Carolina. Five of the new species are placed in the new genus Pliciloricus and three are placed in the new genus Rugiloricus. A new family Pliciloricidae is established for the two new genera. The diagnosis of the phylum Loricifera is emended to include the new taxa. The morphology of loriciferans is re-evaluated and new terminology is established. A discussion of the biology and systematic relationships of the phylum is included.