Palpatophora magnastoma

“Big-mouth palp-bearer”

Kingdom
Microsynthera
Phylum
Plasticae
Class
Occlupanida
Order
Orthogonidectes
Family
Toxodentidae
Genus
Palpatophora
Species
magnastoma
External morphology

Lateral palps. Size 21.5 mm x 26 mm

At first glance P. magnastoma could be one of a few very common occlupanid species: P. glyphodorsalis, P. utiliformis, or P. utiliformis grandis. Closer examination shines a light on P. magnastoma’s stand out feature. Its rather large oral groove is equal in size to that of Porrectofrontus mechadeus and only smaller than that of Aspericardis lehmeri among other Toxodentidae. P. magnastoma has been observed in biomes similar to those P. mechadeus is found in, namely plastic bags containing large and/or heavy produce. Perhaps its smaller external morphology makes it safer from predation. The bags it has been seen attached to are often a mix of plastic mesh and plastic sheet. It is unclear whether P. magnastoma requires this mixed biome to remain healthy. A dozen specimens have been observed, most with tribal markings, and all white but for a single pale blue example. Discovered and described by occlupanologist C. Huning of DWORC.