Tardigrada of the Caribbean island of Dominica (West Indies)

  • Juliana G. Hinton | jhinton@mcneese.edu McNeese State University, United States.
  • Harry A. Meyer McNeese State University, United States.
  • Brittany N. Soileau McNeese State University, United States.
  • Alison P. Dupuis McNeese State University, United States.

Abstract

In June 2009 we surveyed the terrestrial Tardigrada of Dominica, the most northerly of the Windward islands of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean sea. Out of 112 moss, lichen, liverwort and leaf litter samples, 35 had tardigrades, representing 10 genera and 25 species or species groups. This survey increases the number of species reported from Dominica from 3 to 25, more than the total recorded from any other West Indian island. Twelve species found in Dominica are cosmopolitan or belong to cosmopolitan species groups. Eight species are new to the fauna of the West Indies, one is new to the fauna of the Americas, and at least one is endemic to Dominica.

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Author Biographies

Juliana G. Hinton, McNeese State University
Department of Biology and Health Sciences
Harry A. Meyer, McNeese State University
Department of Biology and Health Sciences
Brittany N. Soileau, McNeese State University
Department of Biology and Health Sciences
Alison P. Dupuis, McNeese State University
Department of Biology and Health Sciences
Published
2013-05-03
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12th International Symposium on Tardigrada
Keywords:
Caribbean fauna, tardigrades, West Indies, water bears, biogeography
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Hinton JG, Meyer HA, Soileau BN, Dupuis AP. Tardigrada of the Caribbean island of Dominica (West Indies). J Limnol [Internet]. 2013May3 [cited 2021May9];72(s1):e13. Available from: https://jlimnol.it/index.php/jlimnol/article/view/jlimnol.2013.s1.e13