Melita nitida (Smith 1873)
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.
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.
Found among algae and hydroids in estuaries, from the intertidal to 10m depth.
Status in BC
Invasive (Carlton, key)
Likely the northwestern Atlantic, but possibly Asia if synonymous with Melita setiflagellata.
Eastern Pacific, but possibly also introduced to Asia if synonymous with Melita setiflagellata.