Turbellarian taxonomic database

Taurida fulvomaculata Notes

Kostenko AG 1989 (citation)- p 25, "A detailed morphological study of the organisation of the acoele
turbellarian Taurida fulvomaculata (Ax, 1959) previously included in the genus Convoluta was carried out.  The
male copulatory apparatus of this species is characterized by consecutive connection of the vesicula
seminalis, vesicula granulorum and ciliated antrum.  Morphological investigation of the male and female
copulatory organs made it possible to compare them with genital organs of other families and to make the
conclustion that a new family must be established for this species."

Notes from synonyms

Notes for Convoluta fulvomaculata

Ax P 1959 (citation)- description and illustration p 53-55.  Compares with Pseudohaplogonaria viridipunctata
	from Black Sea and Sea of Marmara- interstitial in clean, fine to middle sand.  
	Appearance ("habitus") - 0.6 to 0.7 mm- fixed mature 340-440 micrometers.  conical anterior and
	posterior end.  
	Epicytium- intraepithelial nuclei, circular muscle outward. 
	Rhabdite bundles- many in epicytium- intense yellow brown color- irregularly scattered.  
	5-10 rhabdites per bundle- external only to muscle layer. 
	Frontal organ well developed.
	Reproductive organs-
	  Male- penis tube-shaped 30 micrometers long, with secretory ganules forming long stripes.
			Sheath- a thin epithelium, short ciliated atrium, accessory glands
	  Female- tube-shaped vagina, pore- a little before male pore.  Bursa- large, sac-like - wall thick
			with nuclei- dorso-ventrally stretched.  Ductus spermiaticus with "bursa mundstuck" 
			[mouth piece].  Nozzle 10 micrometers, short and weakly cuticularized.
	Comparison- similar to Convoluta viridipunctata Westblad in shape, intensely colored rhabdites and
		shape of sperm.  Different from above in male and female organs.  Gonads could not be well
Fize A 1963 (citation)- lists from Mediterranean.
Ax P 1963 (citation)- illustration of sperm p 213.
Dorjes J 1968 (citation)- lists.
Antonius A 1968 (citation)- p 308 says description of penis insufficient- this species should be a 
	species incertae sedis- perhaps related to Pseudohaplogonaria viridipunctata.					

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