MURRAYIDAE Guidetti, Rebecchi & Bertolani, 2000, Guidetti, Rebecchi & Bertolani, 2000

Pilato, Giovanni & Binda, Maria Grazia, 2010, Definition of families, subfamilies, genera and subgenera of the Eutardigrada, and keys to their identification, Zootaxa 2404, pp. 1-54: 44

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MURRAYIDAE Guidetti, Rebecchi & Bertolani, 2000  

Eutardigrades without cephalic papillae. Epicuticular layer not compact due to the presence of pillar-like structures ( Fig. 25 View FIGURE 25 A). The two diploclaws of each leg, similar in shape and size to each other, are symmetrically arranged with respect to the median plane of the leg (conventionally described as: 2112). The diploclaws have the two branches diverging immediately after a short common basal section ( Fig. 25 View FIGURE 25 B,C,D). In all known genera the buccal tube is rigid and asymmetrical with respect to the frontal plane due to the presence of a ventral lamina ( Fig. 25 View FIGURE 25 E). Ten peribuccal lamellae are present in all the known genera with the sagittal plane passing through the medio-dorsal lamella and the medio-ventral one ( Fig. 2 View FIGURE 2 ); peribuccal papulae absent.

Types of claws. Three types of claws are known within the family.

1) The Murrayon   type (= pullari   type) ( Fig. 25 View FIGURE 25 B)

The basal section of the diploclaw is a trapezoidal lamina ( Bertolani & Pilato, 1988). The primary and the secondary branches are joined to each other for a very short portion and form an acute angle (V shaped claws).

2) The Dactylobiotus   type (= macronyx   type) ( Fig. 25 View FIGURE 25 C)

The basal section of the diploclaw is a trapezoidal lamina ( Bertolani & Pilato, 1988). The secondary branch is clearly shorter than the primary branch and inserted near the base of the latter. The two branches form an almost right angle ( Guidetti et al., 2000 defined this type of claws as “L-shaped claws”).

3) The Macroversum   type ( Fig. 25 View FIGURE 25 D)

The basal section of the diploclaw is subdivided into a thin, flexible, stem and a distal portion that is not very sclerotised ( Pilato & Catanzaro, 1988). The primary and the secondary branches are connected to each other for a short portion and form an almost right angle ( Guidetti et al., 2000 defined this type of claws as “Lshaped claws”).