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Article Title

The Spinicaudatan Clam Shrimp Genus Leptestheria Sars, 1898 (Crustacea, Branchiopoda) in California

Volume

92

Issue

2

First Page

78

Last Page

88

Abstract

The spinicaudatan clam shrimp genus Leptestheria, the only genus of the family Leptestheriidae known from North America, is reported for the first time from California. Leptestheria compleximanus (Packard, 1877), which earlier had been erroneously reported from California (based on specimens collected in Baja California, Mexico), was found in two locations in the western Mojave Desert of California, where it occurs sympatrically with notostracans and anostracans. Some brief notes on natural history of the species, and a taxonomic synonymy, are provided.