Nymphon punctum Child, 1995
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Family:  Nymphonidae ()
Max. size:  2.5 cm LS (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthic; marine; depth range 0 - 415 m
Distribution:  Southwest Pacific: New Zealand.
Diagnosis:  This species is superficially like Nymphon maoriana Clark. It has shorter chelifores with smaller-sized teeth, an ocular tubercle taller than wide, legs with conspicuous sharp distal spines, and a tarsus only half as long as the short propodus. The similarities reside in the plain trunk, short neck, very short palp segments and short legs with long claws.
Biology:  Members of the class Pycnogonida are gonochoric and sexually dimorphic. During copulation, male usually suspends itself beneath the female. Fertilization occurs as the eggs leave the female's ovigers. Males brood the egg masses until they hatch. Life cycle: Eggs hatch into protonymphon larva then to adults (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Dar, Christine - 03.01.06
Modified by: Polido, Rubyann Robelle - 20.11.20

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