A new pelagic marine rotifer from the southern Benguela, Synchaeta hutchingsi , n. sp., with notes on its temperature and salinity tolerance and methods of culture
- Marine Biology Research Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
A new species of marine rotifer is described from the S.E. Atlantic off Cape Town. Synchaeta hutchingsi n. sp. is unique among the approximately 36 recognized Synchaeta species in exhibiting the following combination of characters: single sharply pointed toe; slender bristle along ventral midline of foot: single lateral antenna on left side near foot base; spur on dorsal side of foot used to carry egg; total length 165–200 µm. Salinity tolerance experiments showed the new species to be obligate brackwater/marine; a temperature of 35 °C could be tolerated for a short period of time. The new species has been mass-cultured for use as an experimental live food for rearing marine fish larvae.
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