Pontellina plumata   (Dana,  1849) (Copepod)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class: Maxillopoda
Order:Calanoida
Family:Pontellidae

Description
Size: Length 1.43-1.94 mm (female); 1.34-1.92 mm (male).

Female: Prosome in dorsal view quite oval; posterior metasome segments almost symmetrical and conspicuously pointed in lateral view; cephalosome without lateral hooks, without cuticular lenses, with inconspicuous ventral eye without a lens. Urosome 2-segmented, right furca fused to anal segment; endopodite is bifurcated, or may come to a single point.

Male: Posterior metasome segments symmetrical, less pointed than in the female when viewed laterally; one pair of cuticular lenses. Left leg distal segment with prominent outer marginal spine and 3 terminal subequal spines, inner margin with a tuft of hairs.


Synonym (s)
Pseudopontella plumata (Dana, 1849)
Pseudopontia plumata Claus, 1892
Pontellina plumata A. Scott, 1909
Pontellina plumata Wolfenden, 1911
Pontellina plumata T. Scott, 1912
Pontellina plumata Sewell, 1912
Pontellina plumata Sewell, 1914
Pontellina plumata Fruchtl, 1924
Pontellina plumata Sars, 1925
Pontellina plumata Farran, 1929

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Pelagic, Coastal
Predator:  Bonyfishes (Oxyporhamphus micropterus micropterus, Exocoetus monocirrhus)

Biogeography


• Kerala, Off Trivandrum Coast INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Barren Island INDIA (Record: 04/2006)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Bay of Bengal INDIA
• Gujarat, Saurashtra Coast (Lat: 20.84) (Long: 68.83) INDIA
• Gujarat, Saurashtra Coast (Lat: 22.50) (Long: 70.33) INDIA
• Arabian Sea INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Lawsons Bay INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA (Record: 20/04/1985-04/05/1985)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 20/04/1985-04/05/1985)

Literature Source(s)
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