Sapphirina angusta   Dana,  1849 (Copepod)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Maxillopoda

Size: Length 3.00-4.00 mm (female), 3.75-5.15 mm (male).

Both males and females are large copepods, they have very elongated bodies, and possess a wide blunt projection on the inner distal margin of the furca.
Female: Body elongate. Cephalosome approximately 1.5 times longer than wide. Cuticular lenses are adjacent, visible dorsally, and make up the anterior section of the cephalosome. Urosome elongate, approximately 1/3 the length of the prosome. Furca is twice as long as wide with a broad and bluntly rounded process on the distal end of the inner margin. The 2nd segment is longer than the last two segments (3rd and 4th) together.

Male: Body elongate, more than twice as long as wide. Cuticular lenses not visible dorsally. First four metasome segments wider than the cephalosome. Furca similar to that of the female.

Synonym (s)
Sapphirina angusta Dana, 1849
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic


• Kerala, Off Trivandrum Coast INDIA (Record: 03/1956-04/1956)
• Lakshadweep Sea (Lat: 9.5) (Long: 71.51) INDIA (Record: 12/1996-10/1967)
• Lakshadweep Sea (Lat: 12) (Long: 76.16) INDIA (Record: 12/1996-10/1967)
• Southwest Coast (Lat: 9.5) (Long: 71.51) INDIA (Record: 12/1996-10/1967)
• Southwest Coast (Lat: 12) (Long: 76.16) INDIA (Record: 12/1996-10/1967)

Literature Source(s)
  • (2001) Sanctuary Asia natural history species: Species checklist: Birds Sanctuary Asia Sanctuary Magazine Available at -
  • 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 -
  • 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 -
  • Sealifebase Available at -
  • Thompson, PKM (1990) Ecology of the neritic and oceanic cyclopoid copepods along the southwest coast of India and the Laccadive sea Journal of marine biological association of india Cochin, India 32(1, 2) 38-65 Available at -
  • Boltovskoy, D (Ed.) Zooplankton of the South Atlantic Ocean Marine Species Identification Portal Available at -

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