Marine Malacostraca (Arthropoda, Crustacea) from the Gulf of Oran (Algerian west coast)

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Ahmed Kerfouf Laboratory of Eco-Development of Space, University of Sidi Bel Abbes, 22000, Algeria

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Patricio R. De los Ríos-Escalante Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas y Químicas, Facultad de Recursos Naturales, Universidad Católica de Temuco, Casilla 15-D, Temuco, Chile
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Carlos Esse Instituto Iberoamericano de Desarrollo Sostenible (IIDS), Unidad de Cambio Climático y Medio Ambiente (UCCMA), Universidad Autónoma de Chile, Avenida Alemania 01090, Temuco 4780000, Chile

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This present paper presents an inventory of benthic Malacostraca in the Gulf of Oran. The softbottom crustacean fauna was studied between February 2021 and September 2021. Samples were collected from 8 coastal stations. The class Malacostraca was represented with 2 subclasses, Eumalacostraca and Phyllocarida. Sixty-one species and 290 individuals belonging to seven crustacean orders (Amphipoda, Decapoda, Isopoda, Tanaidacea, Mysida, Lophogastrida and Leptostraca) were identified. Amphipoda were represented with the highest number of species (36) followed by Decapoda (11) and Isopoda (6). Tanaidacea and Mysida were poorly represented, with 3 and 2 species, respectively. Lophogastrida and Leptostraca were both represented by only one species. Among the crustaceans encountered, Ampelisca was the most dominant genus. The present inventory indicates that the carcinological fauna in the Gulf of Oran is less diversified than it is in other zones that have been studied on the Algerian coast (Gulf of Arzew, Bay of Bou-Ismail, and Bay of Algiers).

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