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Holotype male, 3.0 mm RUMF-ZC-1768, Mizugama, Okinawa–jima Island, Okinawa, reef wall (26°21'35"N, 127°44'22"E), in canals of orange encrusting sponge, Clathria of Schmidt 1862, 10 m, N.S. White, col., 26 February 2011 (KNWOkinawa34K). Paratype female, 3.4 mm RUMF-ZC-1769, Mizugama, Okinawa reef wall (26°21'35"N, 127°44'22"E), in canals of orange encrusting sponge, Clathria, 7 m, N.S. White, col., 20 October 2011 (KNWOkinawa69D)
Mizugama, Okinawa–jima Island, Okinawa, Japan (26°21'35"N, 127°44'22"E).
Additional material examined
9 specimens, NSMT-Cr 21896, KNWOkinawa69B; 9 specimens, RUMF-ZC-1770, KNWOkinawa69C.
Head anterior margin truncate, anterodistal margin quadrate with cusp. Maxilla 1 palp 1–articulate. Maxilliped outer plate tuberculate with facial setae. Gnathopod 1 basis anterodistal margin with 7 very short, slender setae. Gnathopod 2 carpus elongate, distally tapered; propodus palm with large concavity. Pereopod 7 basis posteriorly serrate. Telson with plumose facial setae.
Head. Anterior margin truncate, anterodistal margin quadrate with cusp; ventral cephalic keel anterior margin transverse, anteroventral margin quadrate, ventral margin distally excavate, rounded; eyes with more than 10 ommatidia, round. Antenna 1 0.3 × body length, flagellum 7–articulate, peduncle article 1 width less than 2 × article 2, accessory flagellum 1–articulate. Antenna 2 0.3 × body length, subequal in length with antenna 1, flagellum 4–articulate. Mandibular palp ratio of articles 1–3 1.0: 3.0: 1.7, article 2 with 2 medium distal setae, article 3 with 2 distal setae, incisors strongly dentate; left mandible with 5 raker spines, lacinia mobilis large, strongly toothed; right mandible with 7 raker spines, lacinia mobilis small, strongly dentate. Upper lip asymmetrically lobate, anterior margin setose. Lower lip inner lobes fused, bare; outer lobes with moderate gape, anterior margins setose. Maxilla 1 palp 1–articulate with 4 distal setae; outer plate with 5 distal robust setae. Maxilla 2 inner plate with 3 robust distal setae and 7 slender marginal setae; outer plate with 3 robust distal setae and 15 slender distal marginal setae. Maxilliped inner plates distal margin with a v-shaped indentation, with short robust setae; outer plate inner margin tuberculate, reaching 0.1 × palp article 1, with simple marginal setae, facial setae present; palp article 4 subequal in length with article 3, distally acute.
Pereon. Coxae 1–4 relative widths 1.0: 1.8: 1.1: 2.1. Gnathopod 1 coxa smooth, with tiny marginal setae, anterodistal margin produced, rounded with cusp, distal margin straight, posterior margin excavate, facial setae absent; basis linear, anterodistal margin with 7 very short, slender setae, posterior margin bare; ischium bare; carpus linear, distal length 13.1 × width, proximal margin serrate, distal margin with 1 short seta; propodus straight, palm with 6 distal triangular teeth and 6 distal setae; dactylus smooth, reaching 0.1 × propodus length. Gnathopod 2 coxa broader than long, subequal in size with coxa 3, smooth, with tiny marginal setae, anterior margin expanded anteriorly, anterodistally rounded, distal margin oblique, posterior margin straight, facial setae absent; basis distally expanded, anterior margin with 5 medium setae, distal margin with 2 setae, posterior margin with 3 setae; ischium with 3 posterior, 2 distal, and 3 posterodistal setae; carpus 0.5 × propodus length, curved, distally tapered, anterior margin smooth; propodus with 1 mediofacial setal row above midline, reaching 0.8 × propodus length, with 2 submarginal setae, posterior margin smooth, palm convex with 6 major tubercles and 1 major concavity; dactylus curved, proximal margin smooth with 1 seta, anterior margin distally acute, reaching 0.5 × propodus length. Pereopod 3 coxa length 1.5 × width, anterodistal corner overriding distal face of coxa 2 and extending below it, smooth, with tiny marginal setae, anterior margin evenly rounded, distal margin oblique, posterior margin straight, facial setae absent. Pereopod 4 coxa smooth, with tiny marginal setae, anterior margin produced, distal margin evenly rounded, posterior margin tapered, facial setae absent. Pereopods 5–7 coxae facial setae absent; bases width length ratios 1: 1.3, 1: 1.3, 1: 1.2, posterior margins setose. Pereopods 5–6 bases posterior margins smooth, pereopod 7 basis posterior margin serrate.
Pleon. Epimera 1 and 3 bare, epimeron 2 with ventral setae; epimeron 3 posteroventral corner rounded. Uropods 1–3 relative lengths 1.0: 0.7: 0.9. Uropod 1 peduncle and outer ramus subequal in length with inner ramus; inner ramus with 5 robust setae and outer ramus with 2 robust setae. Uropod 2 peduncle 0.9 × inner ramus length, outer ramus 0.7 × inner ramus length; inner ramus with 1 robust seta and outer ramus with 2 robust setae. Uropod 3 peduncle 1.6 × inner ramus length, outer ramus 0.9 × inner ramus length; inner ramus with 1 robust seta and outer ramus with 2 robust setae. Telson 2.3 × longer than wide, with plumose facial setae, apex strongly tridentate.
Female (sexually dimorphic characters).
After the Japanese words ‘nagai’, meaning ‘long’, and ‘tekubi’, meaning ‘wrist’ and referring to the elongate carpus on gnathopod 2. (Pronounced na-ga-tay-koo-bee)
In canals of orange encrusting sponge, Clathria sp., RUMF-ZP-5, KNWOkianawa69G (Figure 25D), found in caves.
Leucothoe nagatekubi sp. n. is similar to Leucothoe serrata White & Thomas, 2009 in having an elongate gnathopod 2 carpus, narrow gnathopod 1 propodus and carpus, high mediofacial setal row on gnathopod 2 propodus, and wide pereopod 5–7 bases. It differs in the large indentation on the gnathopod 2 propodus palm, having a 1–articulate accessory flagellum on antenna 1, triangular teeth on gnathopod 1 propodus palm, and a 1–articulate maxilla 1 palp.
Leucothoe nagatekubi sp. n. is pinkish-orange in color (Figure 24C). This species is endemic to the western coast of Okinawa–jima Island, Okinawa.
East China Sea: Okinawa–jima Island, Okinawa, Japan.
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