Male copulatory apparatus of Sphaeromicola hamigera, from Hart & Hart (1974).

Belongs within: Cytheroidea.

The Sphaeromicolinae are freshwater ostracods living as commensals on isopods of the families Sphaeromatidae and Cirolanidae. Species of Sphaeromicolinae have been recorded from Europe and Mexico (Hart & Hart 1974).

Characters (from Hart & Hart 1974): Distal podomere of mandibular palp spatulate in shape; respiratory plate of maxilla lacking; masticatory lobes of maxilla vestigial. Peniferum shortened, usually with highly convex posterior margin.

    |--Hobbsiella Danielopol & Hart 1985 DH86
    |    |--H. cirolanae (Rioja 1951) DH86
    |    |--H. coahuiltecae (Hobbs & Hobbs 1973) DH86
    |    `--H. moria (Hart 1978) DH86
    `--Sphaeromicola Paris 1916 DH86
         |--S. cebennica Remy 1948 DH86
         |    |--S. c. cebennica DH86
         |    `--S. c. juberthiei Danielopol 1977 DH86
         |--S. hamigera Remy 1946 DH86
         |--S. sphaeromidicola Hubault 1938 DH86
         |--S. stammeri Klie 1930 DH86
         `--S. topsenti Paris 1916 DH86


[DH86] Danielopol, D. L., & G. Hartmann. 1986. Ostracoda. In Stygofauna Mundi: A Faunistic, Distributional, and Ecological Synthesis of the World Fauna inhabiting Subterranean Waters (including the Marine Interstitial) (L. Botosaneanu, ed.) pp. 265-294. E. J. Brill / Dr. W. Backhuys: Leiden.

Hart, D. G., & L. W. Hart Jr. 1974. The ostracod family Entocytheridae. Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, Monograph 18.

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