A new genus and species of Loricifera (Nanaloricida: Pliciloricidae) from the deep waters of Japan

  title={A new genus and species of Loricifera (Nanaloricida: Pliciloricidae) from the deep waters of Japan},
  author={Shinta Fujimoto and Hiroshi Yamasaki and Taeko Kimura and Susumu Ohtsuka and Reinhardt M{\o}bjerg Kristensen},
  journal={Marine Biodiversity},
In this paper, we describe Wataloricus japonicus gen. et sp. nov. (phylum Loricifera), based on specimens collected during surveys of Japanese waters in the Northwest Pacific conducted onboard the TR/Vs TOYOSHIO MARU and SEISUI MARU. This new loriciferan is placed in the family Pliciloricidae based on the morphology of the adult lorica and Higgins larval internal armature, setae, and toes. It is readily distinguished from other pliciloricid genera by the following combination of characters… 
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