Sapphirina bicuspidata   Giesbrecht,  1891 (Copepod)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Maxillopoda

Size: Length 2.26-3.00 mm (female), 2.58-3.42 mm (male).

The furca is distinctive; there are two pointed projections on the inner distal end.
Female: Body short. Cephalosome wider than long, and approximately half the length of the prosome. Cuticular lenses visible dorsally. Urosome short, approximately a quarter of the length of the prosome. Furca longer than broad with two pointed projections at the inner distal margin, the superficial seta is situated in front of the 1st marginal seta.

Male: Body short and rounded. Cephalosome wider than broad. Cuticular lenses not visible dorsally. 1st metasome segment as wide as posterior section of cephalosome. Remainder of segments decrease in width giving a smoothly rounded edge (apart from the last thoracic segment, usually hidden from view dorsally). Furca longer than broad with characteristic two projections at the inner distal margin.

Synonym (s)
Sapphirina bicuspidata Giesbrecht, 1891
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic


• Kerala, Off Trivandrum Coast INDIA
• 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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