Tortanus forcipatus   (Giesbrecht,  1889) (Copepod)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class: Maxillopoda
Order:Calanoida
Family:Tortanidae

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Female: A) dorsal B) lateral; Male: C) dorsal

Description
Size: Length 1.25-1.91mm (female), 1.01-1.08 mm (male).

Female: Urosome 3-segmented, anal segment and furca fused, asymmetrical. In lateral view the third urosome segment has a large irregular notch. Terminal segment on right around half the length of left.

Male: Anal segment and furca of urosome fused, slightly asymmetric.


Synonym (s)
Corynura forcipata Giesbrecht, 1889
Tortanus forcipatus (Giesbrecht, 1889)
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Pelagic, Estuarine, Coastal

Biogeography


• Kerala, Off Trivandrum Coast INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai Harbour (Lat: 13.18) (Long: 80.38) INDIA
• Maharashtra, Bassein Creek INDIA
• Maharashtra, Thane Creek INDIA
• Maharashtra, Versova INDIA (Record: 05/1991-07/1992)
• Gujarat, Saurashtra Coast (Lat: 20.84) (Long: 68.83) INDIA
• Gujarat, Saurashtra Coast (Lat: 22.50) (Long: 70.33) INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Lawsons Bay INDIA
• Goa, Mandovi and Zuari Estuary INDIA
• West Bengal, South 24 Parganas INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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