Physical Description

Type Information

Paratype for Pliciloricus enigmaticus Higgins & Kristensen
Catalog Number: USNM W98558
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Invertebrate Zoology
Preparation: Slide
Collector(s): R. Higgins & S. Petry
Year Collected: 1983
Locality: 195 Km E Of Cape Fear, South Carolina, United States, North Atlantic Ocean
Microhabitat: Medium (quartz) sand
Depth (m): 439 to 439
Vessel: Cape Hatteras R/V
  • Paratype:
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Allotype for Pliciloricus enigmaticus Higgins & Kristensen
Catalog Number: USNM W98557
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Invertebrate Zoology
Sex/Stage: male;
Preparation: Slide
Collector(s): R. Higgins & S. Petry
Year Collected: 1983
Locality: 195 Km E Of Cape Fear, South Carolina, United States, North Atlantic Ocean
Microhabitat: Medium (quartz) sand
Depth (m): 439 to 439
Vessel: Cape Hatteras R/V
  • Allotype:
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Holotype for Pliciloricus enigmaticus Higgins & Kristensen
Catalog Number: USNM W98556
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Invertebrate Zoology
Sex/Stage: female;
Preparation: Slide
Collector(s): R. Higgins & S. Petry
Year Collected: 1983
Locality: 195 Km E Of Cape Fear, South Carolina, United States, North Atlantic Ocean
Depth (m): 439 to 439
Vessel: Cape Hatteras R/V
  • Holotype:
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Ecology

Habitat

Depth range based on 3 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 3 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 439 - 439
  Temperature range (°C): 15.244 - 15.244
  Nitrate (umol/L): 15.263 - 15.263
  Salinity (PPS): 36.061 - 36.061
  Oxygen (ml/l): 3.841 - 3.841
  Phosphate (umol/l): 1.049 - 1.049
  Silicate (umol/l): 8.546 - 8.546
 
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Wikipedia

Pliciloricus enigmaticus

Pliciloricus enigmaticus is a marine Loriciferan species of genus Pliciloricus described by Higgins & Kristensen 1986.[1]

Description[edit]

Pliciloricus enigmaticus is a marine species in which adults measure between 160-268 nanomicra of length (excluding any cone mouth) in which body exists dual compound located in the second row espinoclidos in position medioventral and whom lies fused in the middle of its length basal and usually are very modified, strongly esclerotizado, rigid; presented 15 espinocalidos with claws in the third row, spinocalidos with 4-7 teeth that alternate with said espinocalidos that are not modified, the Lorica features 7 ridges cuticular transverse and longitudinal ridges doubles, 2 plates lateroventral of the caudal region. The anus is terminal.[1]

Distribution[edit]

Pliciloricus enigmaticus is a species that has been designated for the waters of the Atlantic Ocean north and northwest.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Higgins, Robert P.; Kristensen, Reinhardt M. 1986: New Loricifera from southeastern United States coastal waters Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology, 438 Smithsonian Institution Press: Washington D.C.. III, 70 pp. ISSN 0081-0282
  2. ^ World Register of Marine Species (Worms): Pliciloricus enigmaticus Higgins & Kristensen, 1986 AphiaID: 154513
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