The small gastrotrich Chaetonotus (H.) italicus, previously only known from Italy, is relatively common in the Sima bog.
Ch. italicus: dorsal
Many of the specimens found were in their post-parthenogenetic (hermaphroditic) phase and bore both a distinct, bipartite X-organ and rod-shaped spermatoids. The pronounced dumbbell-shaped pharynx is typical of the species:
Ch. italicus: t.s.
The ventral intermediate field is covered with two rows of rectangular scale plates, which become more indistinct in the neck area. Two keeled terminal plates form the end:
Ch. italicus: ventral
Although the scale spines do not have a secondary tip, the classification in the subgenus Hystricochaetonotus is clear due to the typical scale shape: