PORT PHILLIP BAY


Munnid Isopod 

Munna hovelli Poore, 1984

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Scientific Details

Pereon dorsally setose. Pereopod 1 sexually dimorphic, more developed in male. Antenna 1 with 2 aesthetascs, its last article minute. Mandibular palp reaching beyond end of incisor. Male pleopod 1 with acute distolateral projections. Pleopods 3 exopod of similar width to endopod.

Source: Poore, G.C.B. (1984) Redefinition of Munna and Uromunna (Crustacea: Isopoda: Munnidae), with descriptions of five species from coastal Victoria. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, 96, 61-81.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Arthropoda
Subphylum:
Crustacea
Class:
Malacostraca
Subclass:
Eumalacostraca
Superorder:
Peracarida
Order:
Isopoda
Suborder:
Asellota
Family:
Munnidae
Genus:
Munna
Species:
hovelli

General Description

Dorsal setae scattered, less than 10 per pereonite. Anterior margin of head bearing setae only, no spines. Antenna 2 flagellate articles elongate. Male pereopods 1 subchelate.

Biology

Munna hovelli is named for William Hilton Hovell (1786-1875) who, in 1824 with Hamilton Hume, lead an expedition from Sydney and reached Port Phillip Bay.

Habitat

Intertidal to depth of 3 m.

Reefs

Distribution guide

Southern Australia.

Species Group

Microcrustaceans Isopods

Depth

Shore (0-1 m)
Shallow (1-30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

2 mm

Diet

Organic matter

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Not listed

Author

article author Taylor, J.

Dr. Jo Taylor is the Sciences Collections Online Coordinator at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author Poore, G.C.B.

Dr. Gary Poore is Principal Curator Emeritus at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Taylor, J. & Poore, G.C.B., 2011, Munnid Isopod, Munna hovelli, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 17 Aug 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/5335

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