Peracarids (Crustacea: Malacostraca) from cenote Aerolito, Cozumel, Mexican Caribbean

Diego Trujillo Pisanty - Efraín M. Chávez Solis - Vivianne Solis Weiss - Margarita Hermoso Salazar

The faunistic composition of the benthic amphipods and tanaidaceans in the cenote Aerolito (Purificación system), Cozumel, Quintana Roo, México was studied. A total of 8823 specimens were examined and identified to species. The following species of amphipods were recorded: Melita longisetosa, Melita planaterga, Parhyale hawaiensis and the tanaid Hargeria rapax. All the species mentioned above are new records for Cozumel as well as for cenotes. The tanaid H. rapax is the first record for tanaidaceans in cenotes.