Procampylaspis hildegardae, Mühlenhardt-Siegel, Ute, 2008

Mühlenhardt-Siegel, Ute, 2008, The Cumacea of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, with the description of four new species and one genus, Zootaxa 1828, pp. 1-17: 14-15

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Procampylaspis hildegardae

sp. nov.

Procampylaspis hildegardae  sp. nov.

( Figs 9–10View FIGURE 9View FIGURE 10)

Type material. Holotype: female with fully developed oostegites, ZMH: K 41948View Materials 16 March 1987; type locality: inner Gulf of Aden, 12 ° 30.9 'N 44 ° 47.7 'E, 76 m depth, RV Meteor cruise 5 / 2, Station 283, Kurre; M. Türkay leg.

Paratype: female, ZMH: K 41949View Materials; 8 March 1987; Gulf of Aden, off Aden, 12 ° 30.7 'N 45 ° 41.4 'E, 1315 m depth, RV Meteor, cruise 5 / 2, Station 247, box corer; M. Türkay leg.

Etymology. The new species is dedicated to Mrs. Hildegard Siegel, the author’s very much esteemed mother-in-law.

Diagnosis. Carapace smooth, without any dorsomedian teeth; three long and one short claw-like dactylus spines on maxilliped 2, proximal tooth longest; ischium of pereiopod 1 longer than merus and carpus combined.

Description. Holotype adult female 3.6 mm total length ( Fig. 9View FIGURE 9), carapace smooth, elongate, 0.4 times total length; pseudorostral lobes meeting in front of ocular lobe; siphonal tube as long as distance from frontal lobe to anterior margin of pseudorostrum; ocular lobe elongate, no visual elements; antennal notch small and narrow; anterolateral tooth subacute; anteroventral margin of carapace smooth; integument calcified, rough surface due to microgranulate structure.

Five free thoracic segments visible, the first shorter; pleon shorter than the carapace and free thoracic segments combined; pleonite 6 as wide as long.

Antenna 1 ( Fig. 10View FIGURE 10, A 1): relative lengths of peduncle articles 1 to 3: 55 / 26 / 19; accessory flagellum not discernable, main flagellum two articulate, with two aesthetascs.

Mouthparts not dissected in order to preserve the holotype.

Maxilliped 2 ( Fig. 10View FIGURE 10, Mxp 2): B/R ratio 0.3, RLA: 6 / 18 // 25 / 36 / 15. Typical claw-like dactylus with three long and one short spine, proximal tooth longest; proximal part of dactylus and total propodus with hyaline membrane along the inner margin, only visible in higher magnification; strong pappose seta from each distal margin of basis and merus.

Maxilliped 3 ( Fig. 10View FIGURE 10, Mxp 3): B/R ratio 0.8, RLA: 8 / 32 / 21 / 23 / 16; strong pappose seta from each distal outer margin of basis (two setae), merus, and carpus; exopod present.

Pereiopod 1 ( Fig. 10View FIGURE 10, P 1): B/R ratio 0.5, RLA: 36 / 16 / 15 / 23 / 10; very long ischium, longer than the merus and carpus combined; exopod present.

Pereiopod 2 ( Fig. 10View FIGURE 10, P 2): P/R ratio 0.6, RLA: 5 / 20 / 33 / 14 / 27, dactylus tapering, with pappose setae along margins, terminal seta broken; exopod present.

Pereiopod 3 ( Fig. 10View FIGURE 10, P 3): B/R ratio not given; basis broken during dissection, RLA: 17 / 24 / 36 / 15 / 8.

Pereiopods 4 and 5 damaged (not drawn).

Uropod peduncle 2.1 times as long as pleonite 6, 2 times as long as uropod endopod; exopod shorter than endopod, the latter uni-articulate and with three strong setae along inner margin ( Fig. 10View FIGURE 10, U).

Remarks. Within the subgroup of species in the genus Procampylaspis  lacking one or more teeth along the dorsomedian line of the carapace, the new species most resembles Procampylaspis abyssicola ( Norman, 1879)  in terms of the habitus. P. hildegardae  sp. nov. differs from this species in having only 4 dactylus teeth of the maxilliped 2 (vs. 5 in P. abyssicola  ). It is not unusual for species in the genus Procampylaspis  to have a long ischium of pereiopod 1, however, the new species is unique in the genus by the ischium of the pereiopod 1 being longer than merus and carpus combined. This character is clearly discernible in both specimens from different depths.


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