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Farran, 1905

Short Description:

Paracomantenna minor is an aetideid calanoid copepod known after female (1.6 mm in length) off the West coast of Ireland.

Taxonomic Description:

Female. (Description after Farran (1905) with modifications). Total length 1.6 mm. Cephalon and Th1 fused, Th4-Th5 separated. Th5 posterior corners upturned. A1 24-segmented, reaching Th4. Re A2 very short, Re7 longer than Re2 with 3 terminal setae. Mx1 gnathobase with 9 terminal spines, second internal lobe with 4, third with 3 setae, protopodite near the Ri base with 2, Ri with 10, Re with 11 setae. Mx2 with strong terminal spine on fifth endite, and not so strong terminal spine on fourth endite; first-fourth endites with short spines along anterior and upper margins. Digital appendage on Mxp protopodite was not observed. P1-P4 with segmentation typical of the family. P1 with 3-segmented Re bearing external spine on each segment, Ri with well developed external lobe.

Male unknown.

Vertical distribution:

The species was found in tow nets attached to trawl at 382 fath. (Farran, 1905).

Geographical distribution:

The species is known from type locality only: off the West coast of Ireland (Farran, 1905).

Type locality: 53°58'N 12°28'W.

Material examined:

The species absent in the collections of the Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg.

Paracomantenna minor