Taxonomy

Gnathophausia ingens Dohrn, 1870. OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Deep water giant mysid; German: Rote Riesengamele. PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

The carapace possesses a very long rostrum, which extends almost to the end of the antennule, and a long posterior spine that reaches to the end of the second abdominal somite. The carapace is also folded inward along the ventral margin, creating a semi-enclosed gill chamber. The antennal scale is also very long, unsegmented, and sharply pointed at its apex. Gnathophausia ingens is the largest pelagic crustacean known, reaching a length of 12.2 in (31 cm). (Illustration shown in chapter introduction.)

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