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Type locality: Poza Sur is a man-made shallow pond (maximum size about 30 m long, 7 m wide and maximum depth in winter about 1.5 m), located in the Prat de Cabanes-Torreblanca Marsh (Castellón, Spain; 40°10′04″N, 0°10′57″E), a brackish water area next to the coast.
Holotype: A parthenogenetic female, taken from a clonal population (strain SM2) maintained in the rotifer culture collection at the Institut Cavanilles de Biodiversitat i Biologia Evolutiva, University of Valencia (ICBIBE-UV), Spain, originally founded from a single amictic female collected in Cabanes-Torreblanca Marsh, May 6, 1993, was fixed (95%) and preserved (70%, with a drop of glycerine) with ethanol; vial deposited in the Natural History Museum (NHM; London, UK); catalogue number: NHM-2000.2929.
Paratypes: Thirty parthenogenetic females belonging to each of the strains SM2 (collection data as holotype), SM5 (collected May 27, 1993) and SM11 (collected September 17, 1992), originated from the type locality. Specimens were fixed and preserved as the holotype. Vials deposited in the NHM; catalogue numbers: NHM-2000.2930–2959, NHM-2000.2960–2989 and NHM-2000.2990–3019. One parthenogenetic female on a permanent glycerine glass slide sealed with Permount™ mounting medium, and 30 females (strain SM2) preserved with 70% ethanol into a vial, both deposited in the Academy of Natural Sciences (ANS; Philadelphia, USA); catalogue numbers: ANSP RO-1046 and RO-1049. One parthenogenetic female on a permanent glycerine glass slide sealed with Permount™ mounting medium, and 30 females (strain SM2) preserved with 70% ethanol into a vial, both deposited in the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH; Washington, USA); catalogue numbers: USNM 189272–189273.
Etimology: The species is named after the Iberian Peninsula. Its name derives from its ancient inhabitants whom the Greeks called Iberians, probably after the Ebro (Iberus) river that flows into the Mediterranean Sea close to the type locality.