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"As the present collection includes only two of the small males, this identification may remain open to some question. The head has the incurved, broadly rounded front described by the above-named authors, but the eyes which they speak of as ' evanidi,' are rather large and though dull fairly conspicuous. The first antennae are well separated at the base, eight-jointed, equal in length to the much more slender, nine-jointed second pair. The anterior margin of the first peraeon segment is not so markedly trisinuate as figured in the Tidsskrift, and the telsonic segment there spoken of as sulcate in the middle shows in our specimens a slight transverse depression near the base but no longitudinal furrow. It is, as Schiodte and Meinert say, a little wider than the fifth segment of the pleon, but this is in contradiction to the character which they give of their sub-family Cymothoinae (op. cit. p. 222), in which they say that the pleon has the fifth segment broader than the terminal one. Their statement that the uropods are much shorter than the telsonic segment is quite opposed to their figure, which shows them not at all shorter. In our specimens the difference in length is very small. The rami of the uropods agree with the description by the joint authors, both being obtuse-ended, the outer a little the longer, slightly curving inward, the inner a little the broader.

The male appendage of the second pleopods is stiliform, reaching a little beyond the very broad rami.

Colour, pale, with dark dots minute and distant, little affecting the general appearance." (Stebbing, 1904)


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Conner, Caitlyn

Source: Maldives and Laccadives

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