Pontohedyle sp. #1
|Maximum size: 0.75 mm.
This is a tiny, elongate animal with short tentacles on its head and spicules embedded in its skin. (Note 1)
Natural history: Pontohedyle sp. #1 is a rarely seen species that lives insterstitially in sand.
Taxonomic notes: It was first
in Hawaii from Kaneohe Bay, Oahu by the meiofauna team during MarineGeo in May, 2017.
Katharina Jörger: 0.75 mm: 2017 MarineGeo; found by meiofauna team; Kaneohe Bay, Oahu; May, 2017.
Note 1: Katharina Jörger sent the following information: "bow
shaped head appendages, as in most acochlidians the head-food complex
can be retracted into the visceral sac when disturbed, monaxone
spicules, externally like Pontohedyle milaschewitchii but likely an independent cryptic lineage (to be confirmed via molecular data"