Pelagic Amphipod

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This is a mesopelagic amphipod from the genus Cystisoma. Based on the elongate first antennae, this beast must be Cystisoma latipes (Stephensen, 1918) or C. gershwinae Zeidler, 2003. The wedge-shaped head in lateral profile indicates the former. C. latipes is not widely reported but appears to be pan-oceanic in lower latitudes and has been recorded from the western Indian Ocean. It is almost transparent, the only pigment is the eye. These are large amphipods: this specimen is probably about 50 mm in length.

Item Type:Video
Title:Pelagic Amphipod
Creator(s):Gates, A.
Identification:Thurston, M.
Date:08 August 2013
Classification:Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods) > Class Malacostraca (Crabs, krill, pill bugs, shrimps, prawns) > Order Amphipoda (Amphipods)
Species:Cystisoma sp.
Site:Indian > Indian Ocean > East Africa > Pweza-3
Depth (m):1418
Countries:East Africa > Tanzania
Habitat:Benthic boundary zone
Substratum:Deep-sea mud
Rig:Deep Sea Metro I
Project Partners:BG Group, Oceaneering
ROV:Millennium 113
Notes:original video in HD.
Deposited By:Dr Andrew Gates
Deposited On:18 August 2015

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