Hyperoedesipus plumosus Nicholls & Milner, 1923:24



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Phreatoicoides plumosus Nicholls & Milner, 1923:24


Conservation Status

Last record: 1941 (Butler, 1952)

Rediscovered: Easter 1952 (Butler, 1952)



Lesmurdie Falls, Kalamunda, Darling Range, Western Australia, Australia


Biology & Ecology

A blind species possibly inhabiting thermal water.




WAM 10665/6 (Jones, 1986; Wilson & Keable, 2002)

WAM 229.74 (Jones, 1986)


Other specimens:

WAM 16004/23 (12 males, 12 females)

WAM 122/171 (9 males, 27 females)

AM P8799 (Wilson & Keable, 2002)







Original scientific description:

Nicholls, G. E. and Milner, D. F. (1923). A new genus of freshwater Isopoda allied to Phreatoicus. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 10 (6): 23-34, figs. 1-2, pls. II-V.


Other references:

Anonymous. (1986). Lane-Poole Reserve: Draft Management Plan April 1986. Volume 3. Resource document. Unpublished report.

Boyko, C.B.; Bruce, N.L.; Hadfield, K.A.; Merrin, K.L.; Ota, Y.; Poore, G.C.B.; Taiti, S.; Schotte, M.; Wilson, G.D.F. (Eds) (2008 onwards). World Marine, Freshwater and Terrestrial Isopod Crustaceans database. Hyperoedesipus plumosus Nicholls & Milner, 1923. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: on 2020-10-18

Butler, W. H. (1952). Re-discovery of Hyperoedesipus plumosus at Moondyne Spring. Western Australian Naturalist 3(7): 172.

Butler, W. H. (1953). Further Records of Hyperoedesipus plumosus. Western Australian Naturalist 4(2): 47.

Dames and Moore (1984). Harris River Environmental Review and Management Programme. Dames and Moore job no. 8076-024-07 1. Appendices to Draft Plan.

Erhard, Friedhelm. (1998). Morphological and Phylogenetical Studies in the Ispoda (Crustacea). Part 1: The Pleon Trunk in the Phreatoicidea. Stuttgarter Beitr. Naturk. ser. A 581: 1-42. [briefly quotes from (Nicholls, 1943) on p. 13]

Erhard, Friedhelm. (1999). Morphological and Phylogenetical Studies in the Ispoda (Crustacea). Part 2: The Pleopods and Uropods in the Phreatoicidea. Stuttgarter Beitr. Naturk. ser. A 597: 1-56. [p. 29, 48]

Glauert, Ludwig. (1953). Occurrence of Hyperoedesipus plumosus. Western Australian Naturalist 3(8): 197.

Jones, Diana S. (1986). A catalogue of type specimens of Crustacea in the Western Australian Museum. Rec. West. Aust. Mus. 13(1): 1-46. [p. 21]

Knott, Brenton. (1975). Systematic studies on the Phreatoicoidea (Order Isopoda) with a discussion on the phylogeny and zoogeography of other freshwater malacostracan crustaceans from Australia and Tasmania. Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Tasmania. 344 pp.

Knott, Brenton. (1986). Isopoda: Phreatoicidea, pp. 486-492. In: Botosaneanu, L. (ed.). Stygofauna Mundi. Leiden: Brill-Backhuys.

Nicholls, G. E. (1943). The Phreatoicoidea. Part I. The Amphisopidae. Pap. Proc. R. Soc. Tasm. 1942: 1-145. [49-56, figs. 12-13]

Nicholls, G. E. (1944). The Phreatoicoidea. Part II. The Phreatoicidae. Pap. Proc. R. Soc. Tasm. 1943: 1-157.

Sheppard, E. M. (1927). Revision of the family Phreatoicidae (Crustacea), with a description of two new species. Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. 1927: 81-124. [p. 119-120]

Williamson, Jim (coordinator). (1990?). Lane Pool Reserve: Management Plan 1990-2000. Perth, WA: Departmentof Conservation and Land Management.

Wilson, George D. F. (2008). Gondwanan groundwater: subterranean connections of Australian phreatoicidean isopods (Crustacea) to India and New Zealand. Invertebrate Systematics 22: 301-310.

Wilson, George D. F. and Keable, S. J. (2002). New Phreatoicidea (Crustacea: Isopoda) from Grampians National Park, with revisions of Synamphisopus and Phreatoicopsis. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 59(2): 457-529.


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