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A new species of sponge-dwelling amphipod, Polycheria spongoteras sp. nov., from Spirits Bay, Northland, New Zealand

Coast and Oceans National Centre, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, Private Bag 14901, Kilbirnie, Wellington, New Zealand.
Coasts and Oceans National Centre, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) Ltd, Private Bag 99940, Newmarket, Auckland 1149, New Zealand.
Coast and Oceans National Centre, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, Private Bag 14901, Kilbirnie, Wellington, New Zealand.
Coasts and Oceans National Centre, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) Ltd, Private Bag 99940, Newmarket, Auckland 1149, New Zealand.
Crustacea Amphipoda Dexaminidae Polycheria new species Porifera Suberitida Suberitidae Homaxinella erecta


A new species of the often-cryptic genus Polycheria (Crustacea; Amphipoda) was discovered living in a small specimen of the sponge, Homaxinella erecta (Brøndsted, 1924) (Demospongiae, Suberitida, Suberitidae), in Spirits Bay, on the northern tip of the North Island of New Zealand. Polycheria spongoteras sp. nov. is described using integrative techniques (morphologically, molecularly and ecologically), with discussions on the New Zealand records of the genus and related taxa. The host sponge is redescribed and placed in the Spirits Bay context. [Zooban URL:]



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