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Aspidiophorus microlepidotus

  • Order: CHAETONOTIDA Remane, 1925
    • Suborder: PAUCITUBULATINA d'Hondt, 1971
      • Family: CHAETONOTIDAE Gosse, 1864
        • Subfamily: CHAETONOTINAE Kisielewski, 1991
          • Genus: Aspidiophorus Voigt, 1903
            • Species: microlepidotus d'Hondt, 1978
Length ( bottle ):
250 Āµm - 300 Āµm

Width:
60 Āµm - 70 Āµm

Width of the head ( five-lobed ):


Āµm

Length of the furca:
20 Āµm - 25 Āµm

Adhessive tubes:


Pharyx ( cylindrical ):
80 Āµm

Diameter of the mouth:
unknown

Dorsal scales:
50 rows of 120 tiny peduncle scales each; 4 short spines at the posterior end

Oecology:
very rare, mud dweller

Similar species:
distinctive, because of the high number of scales

Particularities:
highest number of scales in Aspidiophorus; egg diameter 120Āµm


Literature:

(d'Hondt, 1978)