ⓘ Heterosaccus

                                     

ⓘ Heterosaccus

Heterosaccus is a genus of barnacles in superorder Rhizocephala. Like other taxa in this superorder, they parasitize crabs. Geoffroy Smith circumscribed the genus in 1906, he initially only included H. hians. Smith circumscribed a genus distinct from Sacculina due to a difference of the mesentery, in Heterosaccus, the mesentery does not stretch down to the mantle opening but rather only is present on the ring of attachment.

                                     
  • the Kentrogonida containing seven genera: Drepanorchis Boschma, 1927 Heterosaccus Smith, 1906 Loxothylacus Boschma, 1928 Polyascus Glenner, Lutzen Takahashi
  • suitable habitat. However, in 1992 the Rhizocephalan parasitic barnacle Heterosaccus dollfusi was found to be infectoing a few crabs collected off Israel