Species Card of Copepod
Calanoida ( Order )
    Bathypontioidea ( Superfamily )
        Bathypontiidae ( Family )
            Temorites ( Genus )
Temorites similis  (Tanaka, 1965)   (F,M)
Syn.: Bathypontia similis Tanaka, 1965 (p.379, figs.F,M); Grice & Hülsemann, 1967 (p.19); Park, 1970 (p.478, 543, figs.F); Deevey, 1973 a (p.365, figs.F); Deevey & Brooks, 1977 (p.156, tab.2, Station "S"); Deevey, 1979 (p.733, figs.F); Shih & Young,1995 (p.68)
Bradford-Grieve, 1999 b (p.21)
Species Temorites similis - Plate 1 of morphological figuresissued from : O. Tanaka in Publs Seto Mar. Biol. Lab., 1965, XII (5). [p.380, Fig.241]. As Bathypontia similis.
Female: a, habitus (dorsal); b, forehead (left lateral side); c, rostrum (frontal view); d, last thoracic segment and genital somite (right lateral side); e, last thoracic segment (left lateral side); f, Md; g, Mx2; h, P1; i, P5.
Head and 1st thoracic segment separate, 4th and 5th thoracic segments separate.
Last thoracic segment asymmetrical.
Rostrum one-pointed, unevenly produced at the apex.
Abdomen 4-segmented, 2.75 times in the length of cephalothorax; segments and furca in the proportional lengths 42 : 19 : 16 : 14 : 9 = 100.
Genital segment has a small swelling on each of the lateral margin near the base.
2nd and 3rd abdominal segments fringed with fine teeth on the distal margin.
Caudal rami as long as wide, with 4 apical setae of which the 2nd is the longest.
A1 23-segmented, reaches back to the posterior margin of the last thoracic segment; segments 8-9, 24-25 fused, respectively.
A2: endopod and exopod of about equal lengths; exopod 7-segmented, 1st basal segment with fine hairs on the posterior surface.
Md: Bitting edge with 2 large spiniform teeth on the upper margin, the inner marginal seta of the blade strong; exopod 5-segmented, with s small terminal segment devoided of setae.
Mx1: 4 setae on the outer lobe; 10 setae on the exopod; 1 seta on the endopod; 1 seta on the 3rd inner lobe; 1 seta on the 2nd inner lobe; 8 setae on the 1st inner lobe.
Mx2 strong with peculiar setae on the distal segments.
Mxp feeble.
P5 3-segmented; apical spine of the 3rd segment of the exopod about as long as the combined lengths of 3 segments of the exopod taken together; outer marginal spine small.

Male: j, last thoracic segment and urosome (dorsal); k, P5.

Species Temorites similis - Plate 2 of morphological figuresIssued from : T. S. Park in Bull. Mar. Sc., 1970, 20 (2). [p.540, Figs.386-390]. As Bathypontia similis.
Female (from Caribbean Sea & G. of Mexico): 386, habitus (lateral right side); 387, posterior part of metasome and urosome (lateral right side); 388, idem (dorsal); 389, posterior part of metasome and genital segment (lateral left side); 390, forehead (lateral).
Nota: Last metasomal segment asymmetrical, with right side more produced distally. A1 (24-segmented) reaching middle of urosome.

Species Temorites similis - Plate 3 of morphological figuresIssued from : T. S. Park in Bull. Mar. Sc., 1970, 20 (2). [p.542, Figs.391-402]. As Bathypontia similis.
Female: 391, rostrum (anterior view); 392, A2; 393, Md (mandibular blade); 394, Md (mandibular palp); 395, Mx1; 396, Mx2; 397, Mxp; 398, P1 (anterior); 399, P2 (anterior); 400, P3 (anterior); 401, P4 (anterior); 402, P5.

Nota: A2 7-segmented, 2nd to 6th segments each with 1 seta.
Mx1: 2nd and 3rd inner lobes and basis each with 1 seta; exopod with 10 setae; endopod absent.
Distal portion of Mx2 with 6 subequal, strong setae in addition to 5 small setae of different length; proximal three lobes with 1, 2, 3 setae, respectively; close to the 1st lobe are 2 patches of spinules.

Species Temorites similis - Plate 4 of morphological figuresissued from : G.B. Deevey in Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash., 1979, 92 (4). [p.740, Fig.9 g-i]. As Bathypontia similis.
Female: g, basal segment of Mxp; h, Md (biting edge); i, basal segments of Mx2.
Scale in mm.
Nota: Last thoracic segment asymmetrical in dorsal view, right side longer than left; apical spine of P5 twice as long as distal segment; outer edge spines on exopod segment 3 of P1.

Species Temorites similis - Plate 5 of morphological figuresissued from : G.B. Deevey in Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash., 1973, 86, N°30. [p.364, Fig.3, c,f,g]. As Bathypontia similis.
Female (32°10'N, 64°30'W): c, P5; f-g, habitus (dorsal and lateral, respectively).
Scale bars in mm.
Nota: 5th thoracic segment asymmetrical.

Species Temorites similis - Plate 6 of morphological figuresissued from : G.B. Deevey in Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash., 1973, 86, N°30. [p.366, Fig.4,f]. As Bathypontia similis.
Male: f, P5.
Scale bar in mm.
Nota; P5 resemble those of the T. spinifera, but differ in the proportions of the segments and length of distal spines and in lacking a bunch of hairs on the 2nd basipod segment of the right leg.

Species Temorites similis - Plate 7 of morphological figuresIssued from : V.N. Andronov in Russian Acad. Sci. P.P. Shirshov Inst. Oceanol. Atlantic Branch, Kaliningrad, 2014. [p.84, Fig.21: 6]. Temorites similis after Deevey, 1973.
Female P5.

Compl. Ref.:
Medellin-Mora & Navas S., 2010 (p.265, Tab. 2)
NZ: 4

Distribution map of Temorites similis by geographical zones
Species Temorites similis - Distribution map 2
Chart of 1996
Species Temorites similis - Distribution map 3issued from : G.B. Deevey in Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash., 1979, 92 (4). [p.734, Fig.6]. As Bathypontia similis.
Station locations for Bathypontia similis = Temorites simolis shown by black stars, for B. minor = T. minor by black stars.
Caribbean Sea, Caribbean Colombia, Belize, G. of Mexico, Sargasso Sea (off Bermuda: Station "S"), W Indian, Japan (Suruga Bay, Sagami Bay), China Seas (South China Sea)

Locality type: Suruga Bay & Sagami Bay (Pacic coast of Middle Japan).
N: 8
(88) F: 3,12-2,8; (119) F: 2,81; (316) F: 2,9-2,6; (317) F: 3-2,75; {F: 2,60-3,12}
Rem.: meso-bathypelagic (500-1900 m). Sargasso Sea: 500-2000 m (Deevey & Brooks, 1977, Station "S")
Last update : 09/12/2020
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