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Chirognathia dracula gen. et spec. nov. (Gnathostomulida) from the west coast of North America

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A new gnathostomulid genus and species, Chirognathia dracula gen. et spec. nov., is described from intertidal surf grass (Phyllospadix) rhizomes on high-energy coasts of Vancouver Island (Canada) and Bodega Bay (California). The characteristics of the reproductive system place the new genus in Bursovaginoidea-Scleroperalia and features of the mouth parts (except for the absence of a jugum) assign it to the family Gnathostomulidae. Chirognathia nov. gen. is characterized by a delicate, transverse shield-shaped basal plate and by jaws with three tooth rows, of which the median appears as a bundle.

TidsskriftMarine Biology Research
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)296-302
Antal sider7
StatusUdgivet - 2006

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