Alona (crustacean)

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Scientific classification

W. Baird, 1843
Type species
Alona quadrangularis

Alona is a genus of cladocerans in the family Chydoridae. It is one of the largest genera of Cladocera,[1] and is widely believed to be an artificial group which is in need of systematic revision; the type species is Alona quadrangularis.[2] Around 240 names at the species level have been described in Alona; it is unclear how many of these are valid, or how they are related.[3]

Species currently assigned to the genus Alona include:


  1. ^ Artem Y. Sinev (2009). "Notes on morphology and taxonomic status of some North American species of the genus Alona Baird, 1843 (Cladocera: Anomopoda: Chydoridae)" (PDF excerpt). Fundamental and Applied Limnology / Archiv für Hydrobiologie. 175/1: 59–77. doi:10.1127/1863-9135/2009/0175-0059.
  2. ^ Kay Van Damme & Henri J. Dumont (2007). "The 'true' genus Alona Baird, 1843 (Crustacea: Cladocera: Anomopoda): position of the A. quadrangularis-group and description of a new species from the Democratic Republic of Congo" (PDF excerpt). Zootaxa. 1943: 1–25.
  3. ^ Kay Van Damme, Alexey A. Kotov & Henri J. Dumont (2010). "A checklist of names in Alona Baird 1843 (Crustacea: Cladocera: Chydoridae) and their current status: an analysis of the taxonomy of a lump genus" (PDF excerpt). Zootaxa. 2330: 1–63. ISBN 978-1-86977-456-1.

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