Thulinius saltursus (Schuster, Toftner & Grigarick, 1978)
- GBIF Backbone Taxonomy
- Isohypsibius saltursus
Thulinius cf. saltursus
Sampling localities : Five specimens from sediment and periphyton in Caldwell Fork, North Carolina ( 813 m asl, N 35 ° 37.5813 , W 83 ° 5.3610 ) and four specimens in sediment from Cataloochee Creek, North Carolina ( 788 m asl, N 35 ° 38.2405 , W 83 ° 4.9303 ).
The specimens were compared with the type material of both Thulinius saltursus ( Schuster, Toftner & Grigarick, 1978 ) (a species previously attributed to Isohypsibius in Schuster et al . 1978 ) and Thulinius ruffoi (Bertolani, 1981 ) and look similar to both species. The buccal armature is typical of the genus and similarly the macroplacoids are rod-shaped and there are no microplacoids. The basal portions on all claws are normally developed and slender. A lunule appears to be present only at the base of the external (posterior) claw (as in T.
saltursus , whereas T. ruffoi has lunules on all claws), but it is not always possible to determine the presence or absence of a lunule. In any case, currently this is the only character that distinguishes the two species and for this reason we tentatively attribute our specimens from North Carolina to T . cf. saltursus .
- Degma, P.; Bertolani, R.; Guidetti, R. (2009-2016). Actual checklist of Tardigrada species. (Assessed 10/02/2017) pp. 46.
- Kaczmarek, Ł., Bertolani, R. & Nędzyńska-Stygar, M. (2010) Thulinius saltursus comb. nov.: a new systematic position for Isohypsibius saltursus Schuster, Toftner & Grigarick, 1978 (Eutardigrada: Hypsibiidae) and a key for the genus Thulinius. Zootaxa, 2483, 58–64.