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New Records for Cubanocuma gutzui Băcescu and Muradian, 1977 (Crustacea: Cumacea: Nannastacidae) from the Western Atlantic

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Short Communication


Because the original description and many subsequent records for Cubanocuma gutzui have appeared in a Romanian journal, Travaux du Muséum d’Histoire naturelle “Grigore Antipa,” which has limited distribution in the west, many workers studying tropical western Atlantic crustaceans still remain unaware of both the genus and species. Also, the species may have gone unrecognized (recorded as an odd specimen of Campylaspis, for instance) or may have been overlooked because of its small size. As part of an ongoing survey of the marine invertebrates of Guana Island, British Virgin Islands (BVI) (led by T.L. Zimmerman and J.W. Martin), numerous specimens of this nannastacid species were collected extending the known range eastward to the BVI. At the same time, the examination of other regional collections by two of us (RWH, TJH) established the presence of this species in Southeast Florida and the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), and we have found additional material from the southern Bahamian region and the northern Caribbean. In this note, we list the known occurrences of Cubanocuma, comment on the habitat, and mention certain morphological features observed from scanning electron microscopy (SEM).

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