Melita nitida

Melita nitida (Smith 1873)

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Description

Morphology

Coxa 2 to 3 are deeper than they are long. Pleosome segments 1 to 3 do not bear dorsal teeth. The inner ramus of uropod 3 is less than one-fifth as long as the outer ramus (photo). Gnathopod 2 article 6 is larger than article 5 (photo). In males, the dactyl and article 6 of gnathopod 1 are highly modified (photo), while in females the dactyl is simple.

Author(s): Nelson, Jocelyn
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Diagnostic Description

Pleonal epimeron 3 is weakly toothed or square (photo). Urosomite 3 is dorsally bare. Urosomite 1 has no distinct dorsal tooth on the posterior edge. In females, coxa 5 is ventrally extended.

Author(s): Nelson, Jocelyn
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Similar species

Melita setiflagellata

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Size

12mm

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Ecology

Habitat

Found among algae and hydroids in estuaries, from the intertidal to 10m depth.

Author(s): Nelson, Jocelyn
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Status

Status in BC

Invasive (Carlton, key)

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Distribution

Native range

Likely the northwestern Atlantic, but possibly Asia if synonymous with Melita setiflagellata.

Author(s): Nelson, Jocelyn
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Introduced range

Eastern Pacific, but possibly also introduced to Asia if synonymous with Melita setiflagellata.

Author(s): Nelson, Jocelyn
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Reference Collection

Sample Number

3043

Author(s): Nelson, Jocelyn
Rights holder(s): Nelson, Jocelyn

References

Light, S. F., & Carlton J. T. (2007).  The Light and Smith manual: intertidal invertebrates from central California to Oregon. 1001.