Pycnogonida | Pantopoda
Arango, C.P. 2002. (Ref. 1951)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 1.0 cm TRKL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2115)
Climate / Range
Western Central Atlantic: Colombia, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.
Large species with trunk length of almost 10 mm. Trunk fully segmented; lateral processes moderately short, separated by more than their diameters. Proboscis cylindrical, distally setose. Abdomen almost as long as chelifore scapes. Chelae large; palms inflated, very setose: fingers very short, carried synaxially. Palps represented by low, I-segmented knob. Ovigers robust, very setose; strigilis weak, with many plain spines. Legs long, with many long dorsal and lateral setae; ventral cement gland tube shorter than femoral diameter, on bulge at segment midlength. Propodus very short, slightly curved, with several large heel spines; claw moderately short; auxiliaries over half main claw length (Ref. 2115, p. 66).
Shelf to slope (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 (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)