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Intra- and interspecific shell variability of the genus Urocythereis Ruggieri, 1950 (Hemicytheridae: Ostracoda) in the La Strea Bay (Ionian Sea, Italy)

 

Giuseppe Aiello¹, Diana Barra², Roberta Parisi3

 
1,2,3Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, dell’Ambiente e delle Risorse, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Largo San Marcellino 10, 80138 Napoli, Italy.
¹Email: aie64llo@hotmail.it(corresponding author); ² dibarra@unina.it;
 
European Journal of Taxonomy, No 193, 2016, pp. 1–35
 
 
Abstract
The variability of the reticulum pattern, ornamentation and outline of the Urocythereis populations of the La Strea Bay has been analysed. The results show that the shell features of the form U. distinguenda (Neviani, 1928) (= U. oblonga Brady, 1866) have to be included within the high variability range of U. margaritifera (G.W. Müller, 1894). Consequently, it is suggested that in the upper infralittoral waters of the inlet two (and not three, as stated in previous investigations) Urocythereis species presently live. A second form, displaying a relatively low variability, has been described as new species, U. ilariae sp. nov.
 
 
Key-words: Intraspecific variability, shell morphology, Urocythereis, celation, outline analysis.