Pycnogonida | Pantopoda
Child, C.A. 1998. (Ref. 9)
Size / Weight / Age
Benthic; depth range 3 - 3227 m (Ref. 1680)
Climate / Range
Antarctic Atlantic and Southwest Pacific: South Orkney, South Shetland and New Zealand.
Trunk and lateral processes slender. Glabrous. Lateral processes well separated, ocular tubercle and oviger implantations at anterior of first lateral processes. Neck long, abdomen short. Chelifores slender, long, chelae with many crowded teeth. Palps as in N. hiemale. Ovigers very similar in both species but strigilis of this species with more denticulate spines per segment. Legs long, slender, with few short setae. Tarsus slightly shorter than propodus, both with short sole spines only, claw slender, well curved, auxiliary claws about half main claw length (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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