Australian Amphipoda: Leucothoidae

J.K. Lowry, P.B Berents & R.T. Springthorpe

Leucothoe boolpooli J.L. Barnard

Leucothoe boolpooli J.L. Barnard, 1974: 86, figs 53-54. --Moore, 1987: 246, figs 5-7.

Type material. HOLOTYPE: male, 11.7 mm, NMV J318.

Type locality. Western Port, Victoria.

Description. Based on J.L. Barnard, 1974: 82, figs 51-52.

Head lateral cephalic lobe without cusp; cephalic keel present, cephalic keel similar in size to epistome; rostrum small to medium in size. Antenna 2 slender. Mandibles and maxillae well developed; mandibular palp 3-articulate. Maxilla 1 palp 2-articulate. Maxilliped ischial endite (outer plate) vestigial or absent, with lateral flange.

Peraeon. Gnathopod 1 coxa large, not hidden by coxa 2, anteroventral corner produced, anteroventral corner truncated or narrowly rounded; dactylus well developed. Gnathopod 2 coxa at least as long as broad, anteroventrally subquadrate; carpus with simple apex; propodus palm convex, propodus palm strongly crenulate anterodistally, weakly crenulate to smooth posteroproximally; dactylus, inner margin smooth. Peraeopod 3 coxa about as long as broad, anteroventral corner overriding lateral face of coxa 2, not extending freely below it, ventral margin straight. Peraeopod 4 coxa, posterior margin without posteroventral lobe. Peraeopods 5 to 7 basis expanded.

Pleon. Epimeron 3 posteroventral corner subquadrate.

Habitat. Marine; associated with sponges, including Antho (Isopenectya) chartacea, Iotrochopsamma arbuscula and Phorbas sp.

Depth zone. Littoral.

Distribution. New South Wales: Cook Island (AM); Coffs Harbour (AM); Julian Rock, Byron Bay (AM); Bare Island, Botany Bay (AM); Tathra Head (AM); Snapper Point (AM); Twofold Bay (Hutchings, et al., 1989). Victoria: Western Port (J.L. Barnard, 1974). Tasmania: D'Entrecasteaux Channel (Moore, 1987); Cape Sorrell (AM).

Geographic areas. South-eastern Australia.


Cite this publication as: Lowry, J.K. P.B Berents & R.T. Springthorpe (2000 onwards). 'Australian Amphipoda: Leucothoidae.' Version: 2 October 2000.'.