This new species has been discovered in the waters of Kef Aziza Cave, on the Saharian slopes of the High Atlas Range, Southeastern Morocco. Magniezia gardei n.sp. belongs to the same Genus as four species previously described from the phreatic waters of the Guinean area. So, it is assumed that this Moroccan species should be a relict of the ancient aquatic hypogean fauna of the entire West Africa, nowadays protected by the development of an arid climate.
Magniezia gardei n.sp. (Crustacca Isopoda Asellote): un Sténasellide des eaux souterraines du Maroc sud-oriental.
International Journal of Speleology,
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