New species of Brazilian copepod suggests ancient species diversification and distribution

A new species and genus of a tiny freshwater copepod has been found in the Brazilian rocky savannas, an ecosystem under heavy anthropogenic pressure. Prior to the discovery, only one genus of its subfamily had been recorded in the Neotropical region, which comes to show that related species had already spread across a huge range when the ancient supercontinent Gondwana split apart. The findings are published in the open-access journal Zoosystematics and Evolution. …read more

Source: EurekAlert

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