Pycnogonida | Pantopoda
Child, C.A. 1995. (Ref. 2153)
Size / Weight / Age
Demersal; depth range 0 - 479 m (Ref. 2153)
Climate / Range
Northwest Pacific: Alaska and Japan.
A long and slender species in a genus of usually compact species. Trunk glabrous, segmentation lines complete, lateral processes well separated. Ocular tubercle low, rounded, eyes well pigmented. Abdomen short, erect. Chelifores scapes long, slender. Chelae small, fingers well curved, about as long as small palm. Palp buds lacking. Ovigers very long, 5-segmented, few short lateral setae. Legs very long, slender, dorsal cement glands pores along most of femur length. Propodus long, well curved, 3 heel spines, very long well curved claw, and ectal auxiliaries little longer than main claw maximum diameter (Ref. 2153, p. 19).
Coastal to upper 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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