Oxyurostylis smithi

 

Oxyurostylis latOxyurostylis smithi (Cumacean)

 

 

LEFT : Oxyurostylis  posterior showing median telson- a key feature in identification not seen in Leucon americana

oxy telson

Collected: April, 2006, using an epibenthic sled (365 micrometer mesh) 1-2 km offshore from Chincoteague, VA. in depths of 5-7 meters. Frequently caught, but in small numbers.

Notes: This cumacean often has debris stuck to it whereas Leucon americanus, the other cumacean common in this area, is typically much cleaner.

Collected by: William S. Johnson, Goucher College