Horton, T. & Thurston, M., (2013) Hirondellea namarensis (Crustacea: Amphipoda: Lysianassoidea: Hirondelleidae), a new deep-water scavenger species from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Marine Biology Research. 9, 5-6 554-562.
A new species of the deep-sea scavenging genus Hirondellea (Crustacea: Amphipoda) is described from bathyal depths in the Azores region and on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The new species belongs to a group of Hirondellea species which possess an incised inner ramus of uropod 2 and an anteriorly directed spine on epimeron 1. It can be distinguished from other members of this group by a combination of characters: the gnathopod 1 and 2 palm shape; the broadly rounded epimeron 3; the longer telson and broadly rounded head lobe; and the broadly rounded epistome. The species most closely resembles H. wolfendeni, from which it can be distinguished by the shape of the propod of gnathopod 2 and the length of the pereopod 7 propodus. An updated key to the genus Hirondellea is provided.