, Volume 94, Issue 2, pp 209-216

Cuticular surface structures in glyptonotus antarcticus — a marine isopod from the Ross Sea (Antarctica)

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Various types of surface microstructures and their distribution in the Giant Antarctic SlaterGlyptonotus antarcticus Eights, 1852, are described in detail. Although no attempt has been made to classify the different kinds of scales, leaf-like modifications, threads and feathery hairs, ideas concerning their origin and their function are presented. At least some of the microstructures described seem involved in discouraging foraminifera and larval stages of sessile organisms to settle upon the cuticle ofClyptonotus.