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Deep-Water Crustacea of the Genus Sergestes (Decapoda, Natantia) from Cook Strait, New Zealand


  • 1940. Sergestes s.s. Burkenroad, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. ser. 11, vi: 38.
  • 1945. Sergestes s.s. Burkenroad, Trans. Conn. Acad. Arts Sci., 36: 587 footnote 11.
  • 1955. Sergestes s.s. Dennell, Jour. Linn. Soc. London Zool. XLII: 399.

Species of Sergestes s.l. with specialised luminescent modifications of the gastrohepatic gland (organs of Pesta) but without dermal photophores. Supraorbital and hepatic spines may be present or absent in adult. Ovary confined to cephalothorax. Colour in life due to red subcuticular chromatophores mainly concentrated on the anterior part of the body.

The type species of the subgenus is the same as for the genus, S. atlanticus M.-Edw., 1830.