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(Sars, 1883)

Description:
Antenna 2 about half the body length. Segment bearing pereiopod 1 fused with the cephalon. Head with three conical tubercles, one medio-frontal and two large, lateral ones behind it. Middle segment of the pereion much broader, nearly quadrate, with lateral projections at its corners; longer than the cephalon and anterior pereional segments together. Pereiopods 1 to 4 relatively sparsely setose; pereiopods 5 to 7 short, stout and adapted for clinging. Female pleonal segments with dorsal tubercles. Anterior pleonal segments with five conical tubercles; middle segment with a pair of very large tubercles in the centre and three smaller ones near the posterior border, posterior pleonal segments with a keel. Pleotelson tapering. Middle pereional segment in male smooth.
Female up to about 6 mm body length; males up to 3 mm. Colour brownish, with darker patches.

Habitat:
Sublittoral, down to 360 metres.

Distribution:
Norway, east to the Kattegat, between Orkney and Shetlands and in the Mediterranean.

Remarks:
One other species of Arcturella is recorded off the west coasts of the British Isles: Arcturella damnoniensis (Stebbing, 1874). This species has a single large process in the centre of the middle pereional segment.

Arcturella dilatata