Bodotriidae

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Bodotriidae
Bodotria scorpioides.jpg
Bodotria scorpioides
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Cumacea
Family: Bodotriidae
T. Scott, 1901 [1]
Subfamilies
  • Bodotriinae
  • Vaunthompsoniinae
  • Mancocumatinae

Bodotriidae is a family of crustaceans belonging to the order Cumacea. Bodotriidae is a family of crustaceans belonging to the order Cumacea. Bodotriids have a worldwide distribution in shallow and deep waters. There are over 380 described species in over 30 genera, being the most diverse cumacean family. Their external morphology is differentiated the one of other cumaceans by a combination of traits that independenlty are not unique to the family: telson fused to the last abdominal segment (last pleonite), dorsal part of the mandible has a boat shape (naviculoid), exopods on the third maxilliped and first peraeopod, and uropodal endopod with one or two articles.

Anatomy[edit]

In both sexes the telson is fused with the last segment of the pleon, forming a "pleotelson". Males generally have five pairs of pleopods, although less often there may be three, two or they may be entirely absent. In females the second antenna is substantially shorter than the first. The third maxillipeds always have exopods (outer branches), and there are endopods (inner branches) on one or two segments of the uropods.

Diversity[edit]

Bodotriidae is divided into three subfamilies (Bodotriinae, Mancocumatinae, and Vaunthompsoniinae), although it has been suggested that Mancocumatinae belong to the Vaunthompsoniinae (Haye 2007):

Bodotriinae Scott, 1901[2]
Mancocumatinae Watling, 1977[3]
Vaunthompsoniinae[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ T. Scott (1901). "Notes on gatherings of Crustacea, collected for the most part by the Fishery Steamer "Garland" and the Steam Trawler "St Andrew" of Aberdeen and examined during the year 190". Report of the Fishery Board for Scotland 19: 235–281, pls. 17–18. 
  2. ^ Les Watling (2010). L. Watling & S. Gerken, ed. "Bodotriinae". World Cumacea database. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved October 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ WoRMS (2011). L. Watling & S. Gerken, ed. "Vaunthompsoniinae". World Cumacea database. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  4. ^ Les Watling (2011). L. Watling & S. Gerken, ed. "Vaunthompsoniinae". World Cumacea database. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 

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