Pontellopsis macronyx   Scott A.,  1909 (Copepod)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Maxillopoda

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Size: Length 1.80-1.97 mm (female); 1.55-1.68 mm (male).

Female: Last metasome segment with 2 robust points. Genital segment long, bearing four dorsal spines, the posterior left one larger than the others. Furca short and symmetrical. Right exopodite has 2 outer marginal spines, 2 small and 1 large terminal spine and a very long spine on the inside proximal margin. The left exopodite resembles the right, but does not have the large inner spine. Endopodites are bifurcated at tip.

Male: Cephalosome is similar to female. Last metasome segment pointed on the left, reaching the posterior of urosome segment 1, with a long thin process on the right, reaching the fourth urosome segment. Urosome 5-segmented, segment 1 with a small spine on right, segment 3 with a well defined blunt process on the right lateral margin. Terminal segment of leg short and curved inwards, with 2 outer marginal setae and one inner mid- marginal seta situated on a raised process.

Synonym (s)
Pontellopsis macronyx Scott, 1909
(Senior synonym)
Pontellopsis macronyx A. Scott, 1909

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic, Demersal, Coastal


• Kerala, Off Trivandrum Coast INDIA (Record: 26/06/1957, 11/11/1958)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair INDIA
• Gujarat, Saurashtra Coast (Lat: 20.84) (Long: 68.83) INDIA
• Gujarat, Saurashtra Coast (Lat: 22.50) (Long: 70.33) INDIA
• Arabian Sea INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • 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
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  • Encyclopedia of Life Available at - http://www.eol.org/
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