Sphaeropanis hollandium

“Holland Sphere-bread”
Kingdom
Microsynthera
Phylum
Plasticae
Class
Occlupanida
Order
Tridentia
Genus
Sphaeropanis
Species
hollandium
External morphology

Large lateral palps. Size 22 mm x 26 mm.

A truly international occlupanid. Occlupanids from Europe are rare, due to the prevalence of easily-obtainable fresh bread.  However, several Tridentids new to science were discovered by amateur occlupanologists W. Mense and A. Baban in South Holland. Three specimens of Sphaeropanis were captured where they were found attached to bags of ball-shaped Dutch pastries known as bolletjes. They were then sent directly to the HORG offices, where their description was corraborated. Half a world away, another pair of researchers made a similar discovery.  Occlupanologists P. Steinmetz and J. Krauss noticed Sphaeropanis hollandium clutched to a bag of biscuits in Upington, South Africa, and collected yet another from a park in Botswana! That specimen is also part of the HORG international collection, and demonstrates how human cuisine and cultural ties can affect the spread of these magnificent microsyntherans.