Pontellopsis armata   (Giesbrecht,  1889) (Copepod)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Maxillopoda

Image copyrights: Sergio Hernandez Trujillo, Instituto Politecnico Nacional-cicimar

Size: Length 2.36-2.51 mm (female), 1.90-2.11 mm (male).

Female: Cephalosome broadly rounded anteriorly; posterior metasome symmetrical, produced into long lateral, sharply pointed projections. Urosome 2-segmented, genital segment with a backwardly pointed spine above the genital opening and a dorsal swelling on the right side. Anal segment symmetrical, dorsally overlapping the furca. Exopodite stout and curved inwards, with 3 minute external marginal spines and 3 apical spines, the middle the longest. Endopodite bifurcated apically.

Male: Cephalosome resembles female. Lateral angles of the last metasome segment are asymmetrical, the left side produced into a pointed straight spine reaching the third urosome segment, the right side bluntly rounded, bearing a thin pointed curved process, longer than the spine on the left. Urosome 5-segmented, with spine on the dorsal right genital segment; right side of segment 3 with large protuberance with spinules on tip. The right leg with a claw, basis broad in middle and with 2 sub-equal seta. Short thumb on claw segment, with a long seta at the base; terminal segment slightly bent, with 2 setae at proximal inner end and one distal seta, a short spine at outer base of segment.

Synonym (s)
Monops armatus Giesbrecht, 1889
Pontellopsis armata A. Scott, 1909
Pontellopsis armata Sewell, 1914

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic


• Kerala, Off Trivandrum Coast INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar, Nankauri Harbour INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Lawsons Bay INDIA

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 - http://www.mba.ac.uk/nmbl/publications/occpub/pdf/occ_pub_15.pdf
  • Madhupratap, M and Haridas, P (1986) Epipelagic calanoid copepods of the Northern Indian Ocean Copepod 105-117 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • Saraswathy, M (1966) Pelagic Copepods from the inshore waters Off Trivandrum Coast Proceedings of Symposium on Crustacea Marine Biological Association of India, Mandapam Camp Part-I 74-106 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Sewell, RBS (1999) The copepoda of Indian seas Biotech Books, Delhi, India 407 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Ganapati, PN and Shanthakumari, K (1961) The systematics and distribution of planktonic copepods in the Lawson's bay, Waltair Journal of the marine biological association of India The marine biological association of India 3(1&2) 6-18 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • The barcode of life data systems Biodiversity Institute of Ontario Available at - http://www.barcodinglife.org/index.php

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