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


  • 1860. Sergia Stimpson, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philad. 1860: 46.
  • 1940. Sergia Burkenroad, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. ser. 11, VI: 43.
  • 1945. Sergia Burkenroad, Trans. Conn. Acad. Arts Sci. 36: 587 footnote 11.
  • 1955. Sergia Dennell, Jour. Linn. Soc. London Zool. XLII: 399.

Species of Sergestes s.l. without specialised luminescent modifications of the gastrohepatic gland (organs of Pesta). With or without dermal photophores, which when present may or may not have cuticular lenses. Supraorbital and hepatic spines absent in adult (secondary hepatic prominences may sometimes be present). Ovary may extend into the abdomen. Adult with red cuticular pigment distributed over entire body and appendages in life.

The type species of the subgenus is Sergia remipes Stimpson, 1860. This is a late mastigopus stage which Burkenroad claims (1945) to have identified with this group of the genus Sergestes.