Abstract

Taeniacanthodes dojirii n. sp. (Copepoda: Poecilostomatoida: Taeniacanthidae) is described from adult female specimens collected from the body surface of Cortez electric rays Narcine entemedor (Torpediniformes, Narcinidae), captured at several locations in the Gulf of California. Taeniacanthodes dojirii is distinguished from its congeners, as well as from other members of Taeniacanthidae, by possessing unimerous fifth legs. A cladistic analysis of the 3 known species of Taeniacanthodes resulted in a single most parsimonious tree (tree length = 18 steps, consistency index = 1) demonstrating that T. gracilis and T. haakeri, both parasites of benthic teleosts, are more closely related to each other than to the new species.

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