The genus Photis (Crustacea: Amphipoda) from the Texas coast with the description of a new species, Photis melanicus.
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Members of the amphipod genus Photis occurring along the Texas coast are reviewed and a key for their identification is presented. One new species, Photis melanicus, is described. It is distinguished by its unusual body pigmentation, lack of stridulating strutures in the male and bifid accessory claws on posterior peraeopod dactyls.