Colossendeis cucurbita Cole, 1909
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Family:  Colossendeidae ()
Max. size:  2 cm BASL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthic; marine; depth range 591 - 4845 m
Distribution:  Antarctic, Northern Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean.
Diagnosis:  Proboscis long, 8 to 9 times its maximum diameter, swollen at midpoint, which is widest area, and is straight, linear, or with a slight dorsal curve distally. Curve variable and usually not conspicuous. Distal 3 palp segments together no longer than next proximal or 7th segment, and 6th segment only about 0.75 as long as 7th. Terminal palp segment longer than penultimate 2 which are subequal in length. Tarsus varies from 2.5 to almost 3 times longer than slender tapered propodus. Claw relatively short at about 0.33 of propodal length. Species blind with low, anterior-pointing conical ocular tubercle (Ref. 2157, p. 11).
Biology:  Abyssal (Ref. 169).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. 123251)
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Entered by: Dar, Christine - 11.12.05
Modified by: Dar, Christine - 18.08.11

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