Familia Linuchidae (Haeckel, 1880)
Synonims: Linerges aquila
Genus Linuche (Eschscholtz, 1829):
- Bell thimble shaped, apex flat
- Exumbrella with coronal furrow. Subumbrella with 2-3 circles of hollow protuberances which arise from the stomach pouches;
- 16 marginal lappets, bluntly oval;
- 8 tentacles, short and inconspicuos, alternating with rhopalia;
- The central stomach opens by 4 ostia into a ring sinus which in turn breaks up into 16 branching, radiating pouches into marginal lappets;
- Central mouth with 4 undivided lips;
- 8 rhopalia;
- 8 gonads, in 4 crescentic shaped pairs;
- With symbiotic zooxanthellae.
Linuche aquila (Mayer, 1910):
- Bell 16mm wide, 13mm high;
- Subumbrella without 48 wart like protuberances.
reproductive strategies unknown.
Geographical and seasonal distribution:
According to WORMS, often regarded as conspecific with Linuche unguicolata
(Schwartz, 1788) despite living in different oceans.