Bofuriella vorata Fosshagen, Boxshall & Iliffe, 2001
Bofuriella vorata: after Fosshagen et al., 2001
Taxonomic Characterization: The structure of the urosome, the
arrangement of the caudal setae, the powerfully developed maxilliped with its
massive claw-like spines and the male fifth leg serve as distinguishing
characteristics. Caudal seta II is spinous, seta V is subequal on each side and
seta VI on the left side is broadened at the base with a small unilateral tuft
of setules. The female urosome is 4-segmented with the anal somite being only
slightly shorter than the preceding somite and the genital double-somite being
produced ventrally, broadest in the middle with the genital aperture located
posteroventrally. The male urosome is 5-segmented and the genital somite is
shorter than the second urosomite and the anal somite is two thirds the length
of the preceding somite. The male fifth leg possesses a left basis that is
produced into a process at the inner distal corner and the right basis is
produced proximally into a long, club-shaped structure. The maxilliped is more
powerfully developed than any other epacteriscid.
Disposition of Specimens: All specimens were deposited in the Museum of Natural History, London: female holotype BM(NH) 1998.2242; paratypes BM(NH) 1998.2243-44.
Ecological Classification: Stygobitic
Size: Body length of females 1.65 and 1.71 mm; male 1.53 mm.
Number of Species in Genus: One
Species Range: This species was originally described from Oven Rock Cave in the Great Guana Cay, Exuma Cays, Bahamas. A new record of one copepodid stage V has been made at Sanctuary Blue Hole on South Andros Island (Fosshagen & Iliffe, 2004).
Closest Related Species: B. vorata is closest to Bomburiella gigas, also from the Bahamas. Characters of the antennule are shared between the two and not found in other epacteriscids.
Habitat: Anchialine limestone caves
Ecology: Specimens were collected at depths of 0-18 m using a plankton net and suction bottle. The species was found in occurrence with Oinella longiseta and B. gigas. The morphology of its mouthparts suggest that it is a raptorial feeder. Sanctuary specimen was collected between 35-50 m depth.
Life History: 2 females, 1 male and 1 male copepodid V were collected from Oven Rock. An additional copepodid V stage specimen came from Sanctuary Blue Hole.
Conservation Status: Restricted to two anchialine caves - one in the Exuma Cays and another on South Andros Island.
Contributors: Audun Fosshagen, University of Bergen, Norway; Geoff
Boxshall, Museum of Natural History, London
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