Bennelongia is a genus of ostracod crustacean in the family Cyprididae. It is probably endemic to Australia and New Zealand,[1] and is predicted to be highly diverse. The genus was described in 1981 after Woollarawarre Bennelong, who is the first aboriginal to have a long association with the early European settlers of Australia.[2] Prior to 2012, six species were described in Australia. There are currently 15 species of Bennelongia.[1][3] Bennelongia may be the last true descendent genus of the Mesozoic (and now extinct) lineage of Cypridea, which was a dominant lineage of ostracod in non-marine waters in the Cretaceous.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Koen Martens, Stuart Halse & Isa Schön (2012). "Nine new species of Bennelongia De Deckker & McKenzie, 1981 (Crustacea, Ostracoda) from Western Australia, with the description of a new subfamily". European Journal of Taxonomy 8: 1–56. 
  2. ^ Patrick de Deckker & Kenneth G. McKenzie (1981). "Bennelongia, A new Cyprididid Ostracod Genus from Australasia". Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 105 (part 2): 53–56. 
  3. ^ Rylan Shearn, Annette Koenders, Stuart Halse, Isa Schön & Koen Martens (2012). "A review of Bennelongia De Deckker & McKenzie, 1981 (Crustacea, Ostracoda) species from eastern Australia with the description of three new species". European Journal of Taxonomy 25: 1–35. 
  4. ^ Koen Martens, Isa Schön, Claude Meisch & David J. Horne (2008). Global diversity of ostracods (Ostracoda, Crustacea) in freshwater. In Estelle V. Balian, Christian Lévêque, Hendrik Segers & Koen Martens. "Freshwater Animal Diversity Assessment". Hydrobiologia. Developments in Hydrobiology (Springer) 198: 185–193. doi:10.1007/s10750-007-9245-4. ISBN 978-1-4020-8258-0. 
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