Phaenna spinifera   Claus,  1863 (Copepod)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Maxillopoda

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Size: Length: female 1.50-2.90 mm; male 1.80-2.50 mm.

Female: Prosome is almost round in dorsal view; head and first pedigerous segment separate. Rostrum bifurcated. Urosome 4-segmented, genital segment slightly longer than the combined length of the following 3 segments. Anal segment short, furca as wide as long.

Male: Prosome broad but more elongated than in the female. Urosome 5-segmented. Legs of almost equal length, left leg slightly longer, uniramous. Left leg, 5-segmented, right leg 4-segmented.

Synonym (s)
Phaenna spinifera Claus, 1863
(Senior synonym)
Phaenna spinifera A. Scott, 1909
Phaenna spinifera Pesta, 1909
Phaenna spinifera Wolfenden, 1911
Phaenna spinifera Pesta, 1912
Phaenna spinifera With, 1915
Phaenna spinifera Sars, 1925
Phaenna spinifera Farran, 1926
Phaenna spinifera Farran, 1929

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic


• Bay of Bengal (Lat: 15) (Long: 90) INDIA
• INDIA (Record: 23/04/1924)
• Kerala, Off Kochi (Lat: 10) (Long: 68.05) INDIA (Record: 14/11/1983-17/11/1983)
• Kerala, Off Kochi (Lat: 11.5) (Long: 73.11) INDIA (Record: 14/11/1983-17/11/1983)

Literature Source(s)
  • Conway, DVP; White, RG; Hugues-Dit-Ciles, J; Gallienne, CP and Robins, DB (2003) Guide to the coastal and surface zooplankton of the south western Indian Ocean Occasional publication no 15 Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom Occasional Publication of the Marine Biological association of the United Kingdom 354 pp Available at -
  • Madhupratap, M and Haridas, P (1986) Epipelagic calanoid copepods of the Northern Indian Ocean Copepod 105-117 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • National museum of nature and science Available at -
  • Sewell, RBS (1999) The copepoda of Indian seas Biotech Books, Delhi, India 407 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Madhupratap, M and Haridas, P (1990) Zooplankton, especially calanoid copepods, in the upper 1000m of the south-east Arabian Sea Journal of Plankton Research Oxford University Press 12 305-321 Available at -

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