Morphology and anatomy of Maccabeus tentaculatus (Priapulida: Seticoronaria)



Maccabeus tentaculatus Por, 1973 from the infralittoral bottoms of Cyprus is described. A detailed description of this new type of priapulid is given. The animals are characterized by a tubiculous life, a peculiar tentacular crown and a “trap-feeding” nutrition of small prey animals. A whole series of morphological peculiarities of the external and internal morphology corresponds to the mode of life and feeding of the animals. All the specimens found are females. The larva is a typical priapulid larva. All the stages to the adult have been found.