Turkish Journal of Zoology




A new freshwater ostracod genus, Comalcandona gen. nov., and its type species (Comalcandona tressleri sp. nov.) are described from John Knox Ranch, Comal County, Texas, USA. The new genus differs from the related genera in the presence of the shallow pits on the trapezoidal shape of the carapace and presence of one well-developed anterior claw (posterior claw and both anterior and posterior setae are absent) on the uropod, a diagnostic character. Differences in the structure of the hemipenes, length and numbers of setae on the extremities, and shape of some other soft body parts also separate this genus from the other related genera. The taxonomic status of the new genus and species are compared and discussed with other related groups.


Candonidae, new genus, freshwater, taxonomy, spring

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