Physical Description

Diagnostic Description

Identification

misidentified in literature on exotic species as Synidotea laevidorsalis
  • Poore, G.C.B. 1996. Species differentiation in Synidotea (Isopoda: Idoteidae) and recognition of introduced marine species: a reply to Chapman and Carlton. Journal of Crustacean Biology 16: 384-394.
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Type Information

Type for Synidotea laticauda Benedict
Catalog Number: USNM 20504
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Invertebrate Zoology
Preparation: Alcohol (Ethanol)
Locality: San Francisco, California, United States, North Pacific Ocean
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Ecology

Habitat

Depth range based on 1 specimen in 1 taxon.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 4 - 4
 
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Migration

Alien species

The isopod Synidotea laticauda originally only occurred in shallow water aloung the west coast of the United States (San Francisco). It's an omnivorous species that mainly inhabits hard substrates such as buoys, pontoons and oyster beds. This isopod was first discoverd to occur in the Sea Scheldt river in 2005 when it was found near the Nuclear power plant of Doel (near Antwerp). The introduction into Belgian waters most likely occurred (like it did in France and Spain) through the ballast water of cargo ships.
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Alien species

De brede brakwaterpissebed Synidotea laticauda kwam oorspronkelijk enkel voor in ondiep brak water langs de westkust van de Verenigde Staten. Het is een omnivoor die vooral te vinden is op harde substraten zoals boeien, pontons en oesterbedden. Deze pissebed werd voor het eerst in 2005 in de Zeeschelde aangetroffen, nabij de kerncentrale van Doel. Waarschijnlijk werd de soort bij ons – net als in Frankrijk en Spanje – via het ballastwater van schepen geïntroduceerd.
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Dispersal

Depth range

intertidal - 12.5
  • Schotte, M., B.F. Kensley, and S. Shilling. (1995 onwards). World list of Marine, Freshwater and Terrestrial Crustacea Isopoda. National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Institution: Washington D.C., USA.
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