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Keywords:

  • Sea spiders;
  • Catalogue;
  • Morphology;
  • Chile

Abstract

The Chilean and Subantarctic pycnogonid material housed at the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology mainly collected by the “Huinay fjordos” expeditions between 2005 and 2011 is reviewed. It represents 12 species from 5 of the 11 pycnogonid families, namely: Ammotheidae, Callipallenidae, Colossendeidae, Pallenopsidae and Phoxichilidiidae. The animals were studied with light and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) in order to depict complete sets of the species’ diagnostic features. Series of light microscopic pictures were used to generate extended depth of field pictures. The observed features are discussed and compared to results from previous literature and data on the species’ geographic distribution are updated (© 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)