Skip to content


Helgoland Marine Research

Open Access

Leucon parasiphonatus, a new species (Crustacea: Cumacea: Leuconidae) from Antarctic waters

  • U. Mühlenhardt-Siegel1
Helgoländer Meeresuntersuchungen48:BF02366203


Six specimens ofLeucon parasiphonatus n. sp. were collected at depths ranging from 15 to 424 m in the vicinity of King George Island (South Shetland Islands, Antarctica) and the south eastern Weddell Sea.Leucon parasiphonatus belongs to the subgenusLeucon and differs from the other already known antarctic and Subantarctic species of the genus, in the absence of a serrated dorsomedian line and in the presence of a long pseudorostrum with several fine setae at its tip, surrounding the very long branchial siphon. The surface of the carapace is granulated; the carapace displays no teeth except for a few at its antero-lateral margin and at its ventral margin. The species most similar toLeucon parasiphonatus isLeucon siphonatus, reported from Mediterranean and North Atlantic waters.


Waste WaterWater ManagementWater PollutionFine SetaAtlantic Water