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1 April 2017 The Tardigrade Fauna of Tunisia, with an Integrative Description of Bryodelphax maculatus sp. nov. (Heterotardigrada: Echiniscidae)
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The current knowledge of the diversity and distribution of tardigrade species in northern Africa is scarce and far from satisfactory. In this paper we review old and provide new faunistic records for various regions of Tunisia. Among the newly recorded taxa, we found a new heterotardigrade Bryodelphax maculatus sp. nov. The new species belongs to the weglarskae group, characterised by the presence of ventral plates, but differs from its congeners by a different arrangement of ventral plates and by conspicuous groups of cuticular tubercles on the ventral cuticle. The analysis of larval, juvenile and mature instars of the new species revealed, for the first time in heterotardigrades, ontogenetic variability in the development of ventral armature.

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Piotr Gąsiorek, Daniel Stec, Witold Morek, Jamila Marnissi, and Łukasz Michalczyk "The Tardigrade Fauna of Tunisia, with an Integrative Description of Bryodelphax maculatus sp. nov. (Heterotardigrada: Echiniscidae)," African Zoology 52(2), (1 April 2017). https://doi.org/10.1080/15627020.2017.1297688
Received: 11 December 2016; Accepted: 1 February 2017; Published: 1 April 2017
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