Pycnogonida | Pantopoda
Child, C.A. 2004. (Ref. 2090)
Size / Weight / Age
Demersal; depth range 0 - 402 m (Ref. 2090)
Climate / Range
Western Central Atlantic.
Trunk and neck elongate, sides of neck parallel. Ocular tubercle narrow, short; eyes moderately large. Proboscis inflated proximally, rounded distally in lateral view. Chelifore palms very inflated in male; fingers as long as palms, each with 15 to 19 bicuspid teeth. Palp second and third segments subequal. Oviger fourth segment glabrous or with few distal setae. Tarsus short, about 0.4 length of propodus; claw about equal in length to auxiliary claws (Ref. 2115, p. 71).
Littoral to 402 m (Ref. 2090, page 150). 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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