Document Type


Session Format

Graduate Research Poster (no oral presentation)


Magnolia Ballroom

Publication Date


Faculty Advisor

Kristine N. White

Start Date

27-3-2024 10:00 AM

End Date

27-3-2024 10:50 AM


Amphipods are an order of Crustacean which are responsible for many ecosystem services including nutrient cycling, environmental bioindication, as well as supporting higher trophic levels as a primary food source. Amphipods are incredibly successful and as such, can be found in high volumes in freshwater, marine, and terrestrial systems. Panama is typically associated with well-documented biodiversity because it is part of the Caribbean. Despite this, amphipods have previously been understudied within Panama with only 33 species reported before this study. Due to the success of caprellidiran amphipods, we hypothesized that there would be a higher number of amphipods within the parvorder Caprellidira in Panama than previously reported. Using light microscopy, the preliminary analysis of collections taken from 2005, 2021, and 2023 within Bocas del Toro, Panama has revealed a significantly larger number of species from within the area than previously reported. In total, five families, 12 genera, and 22 species have been identified within this parvorder with 12 of these species are believed to be new to science. Scientific illustrations and an identification key to species will be completed to assist in the future identification of difficult species within the parvorder. Molecular analysis of a few species will also be completed to assist in identifying otherwise unidentifiable species. Ultimately, this research clarifies the often-confused descriptions of amphipod species and contributes to the knowledge of phylogeny.

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