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Studies on the Crustacea of the Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies. V. Records of Mysids from Pine Cay, Fort George Cay, Water Cay, and Adjacent Waters

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Only 2 species of mysids, Heteromysis spottei and Stygiomysis clarkei, have been previously reported from the Turks and Caicos Islands. Between 1988 and 1990, 21 species of mysids were collected from reef (to 38 m) and shallow non-reef habitats surrounding Pine Cay, Fort George Cay, and Water Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands. One species collected, Anchialina typica, is distributed throughout tropical and subtropical seas. Twelve species (Bowmaniella johnsoni, Dioptromysis paucispinosa, Heteromysis bermudensis, H. guitarti, H. mayana, Mysidium columbiae, M. gracile, M. integrum, Mysidopsis bispinulata, M. brattstromei, Parvimysis bahamensis, and Siriella chierchiae) are widely distributed throughout the subtropical and tropical waters of the Northwest Atlantic. Five species (Amathimysis serrata, A. torleivi, Heteromysis coralina, Mysidopsis mathewsoni, and Siriella chessi) are reported for only the second or third time. Three undescribed species are recognized: 2 species of Amathimysis associated with either gorgonians on reefs or grass beds and a species of Heteromysis collected from sponges on deeper reefs.

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