OSTRACOD RESEARCH

at the Lake Biwa Museum, Japan


Robin James Smith

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Genus Vestalenula Rossetti & Martens, 1998

Superfamily: Darwinuloidea Brady & Robertson, 1885
Family: Darwinulidae Brady & Robertson, 1885

One species has been reported from Korea:

1. Vestalenula cylindrica (Straub, 1952)


Lateral left view of a female Vestalenula cylindrica. Length about 0.47 mm.



Dorsal view of a female Vestalenula cylindrica, anterior to left. Length about 0.47 mm.



External view of a left valve of a female Vestalenula cylindrica. Length 457 microns



External view of a right valve of a female Vestalenula cylindrica. Length 443 microns.


Additional figures in: Smith & Janz 2009 (carapace and appendages).
Habitat: Wet sediment below water seeping down a near vertical rock face (Smith et al. 2014). Lake shoreline, most abundant on willow tree root mats (Smith & Janz 2009).
Mode of life: Benthic.
Reproductive mode: Asexual (males unknown).
Known distribution:North Gyeongsang Province (Chang et al. 2012). Elsewhere, reported from Japan (Smith & Janz 2009).

References:
Chang C. Y., Lee, J. & Smith, R. J. 2012. Nonmarine ostracods (Crustacea) from South Korea, including a description of a new species of Tanycypris Triebel (Cyprididae, Cypricercinae). Zootaxa, 3161, 1-19.

Smith, R. J. & Janz, H. 2009. Recent ostracods of the superfamilies Cytheroidea and Darwinuloidea (Crustacea) from Lake Biwa, a Japanese ancient lake. Species Diversity, 14, 217-241.