Nymphonidae

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Nymphonidae
Nymphon-leptocheles.jpg
The pycnogonid Nymphon leptocheles grazes on a hydroid Tubularia indivisa.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Pycnogonida
Order: Pantopoda
Family: Nymphonidae
Genera

Boreonymphon
Bradypallene
Heteronymphon
Neonymphon
Nymphon
Pentanymphon
Sexanymphon

Diversity
7 genera, 250 species

Nymphonidae is a family of sea spiders which has representatives in all the oceans. This family contains some 250 species, most of which are found in the genus Nymphon. Nymphonid bodies are between 1 and 15 mm long, the extent between the points of the legs reaching 150 mm.[1] Most species are predators of hydroids.

Taxonomy[edit]

Seven genera are currently recognized:[2]

Selected species[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nymphon stroemi at Marine Species Identification Portal.
  2. ^ Bamber, R.N., El Nagar, A. & Staples, D. (Eds) (2014). Pycnobase: World Pycnogonida Database. Accessed at http://www.marinespecies.org/pycnobase on 2014-10-30