Björnberg T.K.S.1, Radashevsky V.I.2 2011. A new species of Rhodinicola (Copepoda: Clausiidae), parasitic copepod of the shell-boring polychaete Polydora brevipalpa (Annelida: Spionidae) from the Sea of Japan // Invertebrate Zoology. Vol.8. No.2: 103–114 [in English].

1 Centro de Biologia Marinha, Universidade de Sгo Paulo, C.P. 71, 11600-000, Sгo Sebastiгo, SP, Brasil; e-mail:

2 A.V. Zhirmunsky Institute of Marine Biology, Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 17 Palchevsky Street, Vladivostok 690041, Russia; e-mail:

Key words: clausiid copepod, annelidicolous parasite, adult morphology.

Abstract: The new clausiid copepod Rhodinicola polydorae sp.n. is an ectoparasite of a spionid polychaete Polydora brevipalpa Zachs, 1933 in Peter the Great Bay of the Sea of Japan (East Sea). The host polychaete bores into shells of the Yesso scallop Mizuhopecten yessoensis (Jay, 1857). This is the first report of annelidicolous copepods from the Sea of Japan (East Sea) and the first description of a copepod parasitic on spionid polychaetes from Asia.

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