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Bovallius (1889) separated this species from H. medusarum on the basis of ornamentation of pereopods I and II, but from H. galba on the basis of structure of uropods III. However, following Norman (1900), who had erroneously related his studied specimen of H. galba to Hyperia spinigera, many authors considered these species synonymous. Bowman, who examined the species of H. spinigeria of a number of earlier authors, showed that in some cases the identifications were not credible and that H. spinigeria is clearly distinguished from H. galba. On the other hand, the identity of H. spinigeria and H. antarctica has also been argued (Thurston, 1977). Zeidler (1992) recorded a specimen of this species with an unusual feature; spines on the gnathopods are fewer in number and generally the ornamentation resembles that of H. crassa Bowman, 1973.


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