Second species of Mangkurtu (Spelaeogriphacea) from north-western Australia

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ABSTRACT A new species, Mangkurtu kutjarra, is described, the second in this genus from Australia, and fourth living in the Order Spelaeogriphacea in the world. It occurs in a calcrete aquifer very close to that in which its congener lives in the Pilbara, Western Australia. Spelaeogriphacea, like Thermosbaenacea are thought to be relicts of a more widespread shallowwater marine Tethyan fauna stranded in interstitial or ground-water environments during periods of marine regression.

Author(s) Gary C.B. Poore and W.F. Humphreys
Records 22 : Part 1
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