Microberberus predatoris   (Gnanamuthu)  (Isopod)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class: Malacostraca
Order:Isopoda
Family:Anthuridae

Description
Size: Length 1.0 – 1.2 mm.

Body long, vermiform, colorless and transparent. Eyes absent. Antenna 10-segmented with an aesthete on the fifth and the last segments. Antennule 5-segmented with a terminal aesthete. Mandibular palp reduced to a single spine. Pereiopods all alike and 6-segmented with 2 terminal claws. Second pleopod of male is cylindrical and 2-segmented with a terminal finger-like papilla. Uropod 2-segmented with 6 terminal setae, exopod much reduced. Sluggish in habits.

Sexes separate and reproduction by oviparity. External marsupium absent.

Thigmotactic and clings to sand grains with claws.


Synonym (s)
Robustura predatoris Gnanamuthu, 1954

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Sandy, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer

Biogeography


• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 3/2/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 8/2/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Andrott INDIA (Record: 24/02/1983)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Rao, GC (1991) Meiofauna State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 41-135 Available at - NIO, Goa

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