Paralaophonte echinata Fiers, 1986
Paralaophonte echinata: after Fiers, 1986
Taxonomic Characterization: Paralaophonte echinata is
characterized by a long furcal rami, the exopodite of the fifth leg is round,
the shape of the endopodal segments, the male has a strongly dimorphic third
leg, and the female has a six-segmented antennule.
Dispostion of Specimens: University of Amsterdam, catalog numbers WIAE 25a, 25b, 26.
Ecological Classification: Stygobitic
Size: Adult female holotype length is 0.52 mm and adult male length 0.42 mm; both measured from the tip of the rostrum to the posterior margin of the furcal rami.
Number of Species in Genus: Numerous
Genus Range within the West Indies:
Species Range: Known only from Dixon Hill Lighthouse Cave, San
Salvador Island, Bahamas and Tortuga Island, Venezuela.
Closest Related Species: Paralaophonte problematica and possibly to Paralaophonte gracilipes.
Habitat: Anchialine limestone cave
Ecology: Fully marine salinity waters. Benthic. Found in loamy substrate and a coarse sandy substrate 50 cm above the waterline.
Life History: Only 2 females and 1 male have been identified.
Conservation Status: Restricted to the lower West Indies
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