Morphology data of Achelia latifrons
Identification keys
Main Ref. Child, C.A., 1995
Appearance refers to

Sex attributes

specialized organs
different appearance
different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Diagnosis Extremely setose/spinose species. Trunk circular in dorsal view, with 4 to 5 short median spines or sometimes spines lacking. Lateral processes contiguous, with many laterodistal setae continuing laterally on all first coxae, also with slender paired dorsodistal tubercles with spines at their tips. Ocular tubercle moderately long, eyes prominent. Proboscis slightly inflated, ovoid. Abdomen very long, with long paired dorsal spines. Palp segments short, second slightly longer than fourth, all with few dorsal setae and few ventral setae on distal 5 segments. Chelifores with many setae on scapes, most longer than segment diameter, and several short dorsal tubercles each with spine. Chela fingers atrophied, with single spine. Oviger with 3 to 4 rows of short spines on major segments, 4 strigilis segments with paired denticulate spines. Leg tibiae with many long dorsal setae, some originating on low tubercles, femur with few similar lateral and ventral setae. Second coxae of posterior 2 pairs of legs with genital spur slightly longer than segment diameter. Femur with dorsodistal tubercle as long as segment diameter, tubercle bearing tiny cement gland tube laterally near tip. Propodus slender, well curved, with 3 major heel spines, 8 to10 very small sole spines, and several lateral and dorsal setae. Claw long, little curved, auxiliaries slender, about 0.6 the main claw length (Ref. 2153, p. 3).
Ease of Identification likely to be confused with closely related species.

Meristic characteristics of Achelia latifrons

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary (e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Dar, Christine
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