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Pleuroxus cf. letourneuxi
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CLADOCERA
Pleuroxus cf. letourneuxi (Richard, 1888)
Gzira
March 2012
Chydoridae
This species of Pleuroxus was found in a temporary water pond at home. It was being attacked by a small platyhelminth but it was unable to feed on them.
The only reported species of
Pleuroxus, in Malta, is P. letourneuxi and this specimen fits the description in Kotov & Ferrari (The taxonomic research of Jules Richard on Cladocera (Crustacea: Branchiopoda) and his collection at the National Museum of Natural History, U.S.A.), 2010.
Comments by Maria Belyaeva on this taxon (
Pleuroxus) are appreciated.
Close up of posterior area