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New species of myzostomid: Myzostomid fuscomaculatum
An entry in the news 2005 section, 18 of June, showed this unusual creature. In the entry we noted that it was most likely to be a new species and that it was being described. This description has finally been published, and it now has a name: Myzostomid fuscomaculatum. The species name is derived from "'maculatum' referring to the coloured patches exhibit dorsally, and 'fusco' referring to the brownish colour of these patches."

Tessa Hempson, studying at the time at UCT, is a co-author of the paper. She undertook a study of anything living on crinoids after the discovery of the crinoid shrimp Hippolyte catagrapha and the myzostomid at the same time. In addition to helping with the myzostomid description, she has also written a paper on this study, co-authored by her supervisor, Dr. Griffiths, which will be published soon.
References:
Hempson, T. & C. Griffiths. In press. Symbionts of comatulid crinoids in False Bay, South Africa. African Zoology.
Lanterbecq, D., Hempson, T., Griffiths C. & I. Eeckhaut. 2008. Myzostoma fuscomaculatum (Myzostomida), a new myzostome species from False Bay, South Africa. Hydrobiologia.
d'Udekem d'Acoz, C. 2007. New records of Atlantic Hippolyte, with the description of two new species, and a key to all Atlantic Mediterranean species. 29(1). Zoosystema.
Hempson, T. 2006. Symbionts of comatulid crinoids in False Bay. University of Cape Town.
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