Acutuncus antarcticus ( Richters, 1904d ),

Kaczmarek, Łukasz, 2017, Annotated zoogeography of non-marine Tardigrada. Part IV: Africa, Zootaxa 4284 (1), pp. 1-74: 30

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Acutuncus antarcticus ( Richters, 1904d )

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75. Acutuncus antarcticus ( Richters, 1904d)  sensu lato [T/F]

Hypsibius  cf. antaRcticus  (Richters, 1904) ( Van Rompu et al. 1991a)

Terra typica: Gaussberg, Wilhelm  II Land ( Antarctica) 


• 03°17′S, 37°31′E; ca. 1,500 m asl: Kilimanjaro Region, Kilimanjaro National Park, Marangu gate, rain forest, below tree line, river benthos sampleGoogleMaps  . Van Rompu et al. (1991a) 

Record numbers. Tanzania: 1; total: 1.

Remarks. The description in Van Rompu et al. (1991a), was based on a single specimen displaying a deformed pharyngeal bulb with the macroplacoids and microplacoid situated towards the anterior of the bulb. Such a description had been thought to indicate the species ‘ antarcticus  ’ but was subsequently recognised as either pre-simplex form or a mounting anomaly ( Dastych 1991). The presence of a microplacoid indicates this was not Acutuncus antarcticus  but was probably a Hypsibius  spp. Therefore, the actual presence of Acutuncus antarcticus  in Africa needs to be confirmed.