Leucon americanus

Leucon 2 big Leucon americanus (cumacean)

Collected 5 km offshore from Chincoteague, VA. Depths of 5-7 meters. Caught using an epibenthic sled (365 micrometer mesh).  Summer 2005.

Notes: While regularly found in summer collections over sandy bottoms, these cumaceans were seldom abundant.

Cumaceans, along with the related mysids, isopods, and amphipods, brood their young in a ventral brood pouch. They emerge as miniature adults.

Leucon brooding big 2

Female Leucon with eggs in her ventral brood pouch.

Leucon posterior lacks the median telson seen in Oxyurostulis.Leucon telson

Collected by: William S. Johnson, Goucher College