Decolopoda australis Eights, 1835
photo by Arntz, Wolf E.

Family:  Colossendeidae ()
Max. size: 
Environment:  benthic; marine; depth range 0 - 1890 m
Distribution:  Antarctic and Pacific.
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Coastal to bathyal (Ref. 19). Members of the class Pycnogonida are gonochoric and sexually dimorphic. During copulation, male usually suspends itself beneath the female. Fertilization occurs as the eggs leave the female's ovigers. Males brood the egg masses until they hatch. Life cycle: Eggs hatch into protonymphon larva then to adults (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Dar, Christine - 11.12.05
Modified by: Dar, Christine - 10.08.11

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