Pycnogonida | Pantopoda
Child, C.A. 1998. (Ref. 9)
Size / Weight / Age
Demersal; depth range 1280 - 1280 m (Ref. 9)
Climate / Range
Southwest Pacific: New Zealand.
Trunk: compact, Aschorhynchus- like, segments posteriors each with two long middorsal spines, lateral process separated by narrow intervals, ocular tubercle tall, distally bulbous, placed at anterior of first trunk segment, eyes prominent. Proboscis: short, egg-shaped. Abdomen: long, carried horizontally, extending to tip of third coxae of fourth leg pair. Chelifores: short, globular in shape with distal spines, chelae vestigial, sunken within distal cups. Palp: 9 segmented, oviger 10 segmented, both Achelia-like, oviger strigilis with one or two denticulate spines per segment. Femur: short, with long setae and enormous dorsodistal cement gland tube on a tall tubercle. Propodus: short, slender, without larger heel spines, no auxiliary claws (Ref. 9).
Depth based on occurrence record; to be replaced with better reference. 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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