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Having setae or bristles.
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(ˈsiːtəʊs) or


(Biology) biology covered with setae; bristly
[C17: from Latin saetōsus, from saeta a bristle]
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(ˈsi toʊs, sɪˈtoʊs)

covered with setae or bristles; bristly.
[1655–65; < Latin sētōsus. See seta, -ose1]
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Adj.1.setose - having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.setose - having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.; "a horse with a short bristly mane"; "bristly shrubs"; "burred fruits"; "setaceous whiskers"
armed - (used of plants and animals) furnished with bristles and thorns
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Small marine crustaceans (such as krill, copepods, and most larvae) often swim and feed with multiple pairs of setose appendages.
The diagnostic characters of the species are the enlarged dorsal-longitudinal ridges on the basal half of the ovipositor, and the setose sclerotized posterior margin of the male seventh tergite.
Habitus (Figures 1-2): Head light brown with suprantenal margin yellowish brown, compound eyes brown, rounded, arranged transversely; ocelli closer to each other than to compound eyes; tylus smooth and rectangular with a slightly marked median carina; vertex smooth, rectangular, with a median carina slightly marked; antennae brown, pedicel sparsely setose, basal body of flagellum globose, with one arista smaller than pedicel; postclypeus dark brown, inflated, rounded in profile, with a longitudinal carina strongly marked; lateral grooves strongly marked, rostrum reaching mesocoxae.
Diagnosis.--Species of Gaius can be distinguished from all other Aganippini by the densely setose body and appendages (especially the lateral margins of the carapace and the ventral palpal tibia of males) (Fig.
Intervals flat to shallowly convex; biserially setose; coarsely punctured, appearing scabrous.
Legs short; tibia short, with setose bulges, auxiliary claws minute, sometimes absent (Child, 1992).
Calyx lobes up to 3-3.5 mm, spreading, linear-lanceolate, entire, toothed, setose. Petals 8-10 x 3-4 mm, cymbiform, margin expanded, white.
Cerci rather stout at base but gradually narrowed and little curved towards subparallel-sided, nearly cylindrical posterior area, towards apex more strongly curved, in apical area strongly setose and at tip provided with a small acute spinule (Figs 1G, 2F).
IF) densely setose along medial edge; and smaller subtriangular posterior article produced into long slender plectron (Fig.