Pontella fera   Dana,  1849 (Copepod)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Maxillopoda

Size: Length 2-2.92 mm (female), 2.33-2.67 mm (male).

Female: Rostrum slender and pointed with weakly developed rostral lens, dorsal eye lenses moderately large; posterior corners of last metasome segment asymmetrically produced into winglike processes which extend beyond middle of genital segment; urosome 2-segmented, genital segment asymmetrical, bulging laterally on left side; ventrally the genital segment has 2 knob-like processes, varying in size and shape. Furca asymmetrical, left furca larger. Endopodite short and bifurcated at tip, variable in appearance. Exopodite elongated, with 3 spines on both inner and outer margins, terminating in another spine, outer marginal spines more widely spaced.

Male: Cephalosome as in female; last metasome segment ending in bluntly rounded posterior projections of more or less equal size. Urosome 5-segmented, genital segment with a small lateral bulge on right side, furca asymmetrical slightly broader on right. Base of claw with a large projecting thumb with a small process at its base and a short and a large process between this and the terminal segment. Terminal segment initially almost straight, but the distal half curves backwards, the tip bearing a small seta.

Synonym (s)
Pontella fera Dana, 1846
(Senior synonym)
Pontella fera A. Scott, 1909
Pontella fera Sewell, 1914

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic, Demersal


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

Literature Source(s)
  • (2001) Sanctuary Asia natural history species: Species checklist: Birds Sanctuary Asia Sanctuary Magazine Available at - http://www.sanctuaryasia.com/resources/speciechklist/bird.php
  • 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
  • Sealifebase Available at - http://www.sealifebase.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

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