Stomatopoda: Families

S.T. Ahyong & J.K. Lowry


Takuidae Manning, 1995. --Ahyong, 2001: 125.

Diagnosis. Head rostral plate with long, slender median spine; eyes cornea with 6 rows of ommatidia in midband, midband ommatidia quadrate. Antennae (antenna 2) protopod with anteriorly directed "dorsal" spine. Maxilliped 2 ischiomeral articulation subterminal; base of dactylus strongly inflated, dactylus with 1 large tooth. Maxilliped 3 propodus ovoid, longer than broad. Maxilliped 4 propodus ovoid, usually longer than broad, occasionally as long as broad. Maxillipeds 3 and 4 propodi not ribbed "distally". Abdomen segments subcylindrical in cross-section. Uropod protopod forked; distal article articulating subterminally, exopod outer margin distal robust setae recurved forwards, forming hooks. Telson with distinct median carina, partially covered with erect spines and spinules or without spines or spinules, with fewer than 4 intermediate denticles, primary teeth distinct, slender.

Generic composition. Mesacturus Miers, 1880; Mesacturoides Manning, 1978a; Taku Manning, 1995.

Cite this publication as: 'Ahyong, S. T. & J.K. Lowry (2001onwards). Stomatopoda: Families. Version 1: 1 September 2001.'.