Chaetonotus (Captochaetus) arethusae Balsamo & Todaro, 1995, Balsamo & Todaro, 1995

Kånneby, Tobias, 2013, New species and records of freshwater Chaetonotus (Gastrotricha: Chaetonotidae) from Sweden, Zootaxa 3701 (5), pp. 551-588: 557

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Chaetonotus (Captochaetus) arethusae Balsamo & Todaro, 1995


Chaetonotus (Captochaetus) arethusae Balsamo & Todaro, 1995  

Localities: Pond with Nymphaea   sp., Bergianska Trädgården, Stockholm (N 59 º 22 ’ 07’’; E 18 º 02’ 41 ’’), June 19, 2008.

Material: 1 specimen.

FL, 32 µm; AL, 22 µm; MD, 9 µm; DS 12 x 14 µm; DSp, 22 µm.

Large species, 252–340 µm in total body length (Balsamo & Todaro 1995). Five-lobed head. Hypostomium large, approximately 20 µm in width, shaped as a concave transverse bar. Dorsal sensory bristles present, posterior pair emerging from double-keeled scales. Dorsal surface covered by pentagonal scales, with posterior incisions. Scales bear simple spines. In the posterior dorsal trunk region scales with shorter spines.

The Swedish specimen, an adult in parthenogenetic phase, was in bad condition, but diagnostic features such as shape of scales and spines and the hypostomium could be recorded.

Previously reported from Italy (Balsamo & Todaro 1995).