Second and third maxillipeds without exopods. Pleura of second abdominal somite wide and overlapping both the pleura of the first and third somites. Lower margin of rostrum with teeth.
Type locality: "Eltanin" 22 Station 1555, " S. of South Georgia 60°04'5-60°08'S, 35°59'W-36°04'W, 1976-2068 m". Holotype female in USNM, no. 141257; paratypes in USNM, RMNH.
Southern Atlantic. So far only known from two localities: southeastof the Falkland/Malvinas Islands (55°01 '-55°10'S 39°55' - 39°46'W) and south of South Georgia (60°04' - 60°08'S 35°59' - 36°04'W).
Habitat and Biology:
Deep sea between (1976-) 2068 and 2886 (-3040) m.
Total body length about 15 cm, carapace length (without rostrum) 5 to 6 cm.
Interest to Fisheries:
None so far. Until now only 4 specimens have been collected of this species. Its scarcity and the very great depths at which it is found, make it an unlikely candidate for a fishery, notwithstanding its relatively good size.
Kingdom Animalia Display this taxon in the taxonomic tree of this project.
Suborder Macrura Reptantia
Species Thymopsis nilenta
Thymopsis nilenta Holthuis, 1974
Thymopsis nilenta Holthuis, 1974, Bulletin Marine Science University Miami, 24(4): 756, fig. 10-12.
Nilenta lobsterette [English]
Holthuis, L.B., 1974. The lobsters of the superfamily Nephropidea of the Atlantic Ocean (Crustacea: Decapoda). Biological results of the University of Miami deep-sea expeditions. 106. Bulletin marine Science University Miami, 24: 723-884, figs 1-35.
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