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Aspidiophorus pleustonicus

  • Order: CHAETONOTIDA Remane, 1925
    • Suborder: PAUCITUBULATINA d'Hondt, 1971
      • Family: CHAETONOTIDAE Gosse, 1864
        • Subfamily: CHAETONOTINAE Kisielewski, 1991
          • Genus: Aspidiophorus Voigt, 1903
            • Species: pleustonicus Kisielewski, 1991
scetch
(after (Kisielewski, 1991))
Length ( bottle ):
191 ยตm - 208 ยตm

Width:


Width of the head ( five-lobed ):


ยตm

Length of the furca:


Adhessive tubes:


Pharyx ( Dumbbell-shaped ):
43 ยตm

Diameter of the mouth ( around ):
5 ยตm

Dorsal scales:
45-53 rows of 29-32 petiole scales each (5-7 ยตm); no keel, not rhombic, similar shape to that of P. rhomboides ; Toe base dorsal with keels

Ventral scales:
6 keeled terminal plates; at the posterior end 10-12 rows of keels (4-4.5 ยตm), otherwise naked

Oecology:
between roots; Brazil

Particularities:
very small pharynx; body very broad


Literature:

(Kisielewski, 1991)