Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


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Family MIRACIIDAE Dana, 1846

Compiler and date details

31 May 2007 - G.K. Walker-Smith & K. Chilton-Lahey


Prior to 2002 the Miraciidae were a small family consisting of only four marine planktonic species (Boxshall & Halsey 2004). However, in 2000 Willen undertook a preliminary analysis of the thalestridimorph copepods and identified the miraciids as a terminal clade within the Diosaccidae. In 2002, Willen formally proposed that all genera of Miraciidae, together with the genera formally placed in the Diosaccidae, be combined under the family name Miraciidae, which has priority (Boxshall & Halsey 2004).

Currently, 11 genera and 20 species are recorded for the Australian fauna.


ID Keys

See Boxshall & Halsey (2004).


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
26-Jul-2012 26-Jul-2012 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)