Pycnogonida | Pantopoda
Child, C.A. 1998. (Ref. 9)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 6.0 cm LS male/unsexed; (Ref. 156)
Demersal; depth range 1262 - 1262 m (Ref. 156)
Climate / Range
Southwest Pacific: New Zealand.
Size moderate for genus, leg span about 60 mm. Trunk with bulbous segments completely segmented, armed with 2 - 3 long dorsomedian trunk setae and 1 long dorsodistal seta on all but anterior lateral processes which are short. Neck short, crowded with large oviger implants, low ocular tubercle with large eyes at junction of trunk and anterior of first lateral processes. Proboscis short, with median and distal swelling. Abdomen moderately long, carried horizontal, glabrous. Chelifores scapes longer than proboscis, armed with short and long dorsal setae. Chelae large, palm very short, fingers long, armed with ectal setae and 16 - 18 long pointed endal teeth. Palp segments short, fourth and fifth subequal, armed with many long setae. Ovigers with very long distally swollen and setose fifth segment. Terminal claw short, with 3 endal teeth. Legs moderately short, tibiae with many long setae. Tarsus slightly longer than short propodus, each with many sole and dorsal setae. Claw slightly more than half propodal length, auxiliaries lacking (Ref. 9).
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 (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)