Halocladius mediterraneus

Author: Hirvenoja, 1973

Diagnosis (Material in coll. ZSM; in part after Hirvenoja, 1973a - in italics)
Exuviae 4.2-4.4mm long.
Cephalothorax: Frontal setae on praefrons, clearly posterior to the antennal bases. Thoracic horn absent. Thorax at most strongly granulate.
Abdomen: Hook row II with ± 100 spines in 2-3 rows. Pedes spurii B restricted to segment II, weakly developed and clearly granulate. Median point patches of tergites III-V trapezoidal, widest posteriorly, at most the antero-lateral corners just touching the anterior adhesion marks. Tergite armament not, or slightly, extending past anterior adhesion marks into the anterior corners of the tergites. Anterior and posterior spine fields united on tergites II-VI, shagreen laterally barely overreaching antero-medial adhesion marks. Pleura of segments II and III at most with restricted armament. Dorsal setae I-VIII: 4,4,4,5,5,5,5,2; Lateral setae I-VIII: 1,3,3,3,3,3,4,4; Ventral setae I-VIII: 1,4,4,4,4,4,4,1. lateral seta 4 on VIII not differing from the other lateral setae.
Anal segment: Anal lobes without fringe. Anal macrosetae more than one tenth the length of the anal lobes ± up to 1/7th (50µm), 3 setae in subapical, marginal row.

Species keys out at Page 891: Orthocladiinae 302 Halocladius of the Text Key.

N+E Mediterranean.
(For more information see module IdentifyIt – file: Orthocladiinae).

Ecological notes
Mediterranean coast.
Halobiont from Italy and salt lake (Lake Bardawill) in Sinai.