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(Baird, 1860)

Shell ovoid, posteriorly evenly rounded. Lateral eyes present. Endopodite of the second antenna is elongated and three-jointed, similar in both sexes. The seventh limb has about 40 bristles and 15 teeth or spines, the second and fourth furcal claw are united with lamellae (Poulsen, 1969).

Female 3.3-3.65 mm, male 3.1-3.3 mm carapace length.

Depth range
Appears to be benthic in habit. The only depth information suggests that it lives at 100-200 m.

Distribution in the North Sea
Northern North Sea, Skagerrak.

World distribution
Widespread along the west coast of Norway from the Lofoten Islands, and extending into the Skagerrak.

[After Angel, 2000]

Vargula norvegica