Collected in hydroids. Distinguished from Achelia spinosa through shape and width of legs at junction with body (smooth not spiny- narrow not wide gaps between leg) and short length of palps. Note - labels in diagram for chelifer and palps are reversed. Error in book.
One of my campers handed this to me today, saying he'd found several. I put it in some water and voila, definite sea spider!
Naturalised on grassy bank under old orchard trees at back of an old villa. Herbarium specimen collected (this will be lodged in AK).
The most appropriate name for this plant now seems to be Chaenostoma cordatum
Sea spiders, also called Pantopoda or pycnogonids, are marine arthropods of class Pycnogonida. They are cosmopolitan, found especially in the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas, as well as the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans. There are over 1300 known species, ranging in size from 1 to 10 millimetres (0.039 to 0.39 in) to over 90 cm (35 in) in some deep water species. Most are toward the smaller end of this range in relatively shallow depths, however, they can grow to...