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

Size (female): 2.55-2.92 mm.

The proportional lengths of the cephalothorax and abdomen are as 119 to 36, so that the abdomen is contained 3.3 times in the length of the anterior region of the body. The forehead bears a linear crest. The posterior thoracic margin is produced backwards and ends in a pointed process. The head and 1st thoracic segment are fused as also are the 4th and 5th thoracic segments. The furcal ramus is about twice as long as wide. In the 5th pair of swimming legs, the terminal segment as bearing four spines, one on each margin and two markedly unequal ones at the distal end, the spines on the inner and outer margins arising opposite each other. There are only three spines on this segment, one on each border and a single one at the distal end. The spines on the inner and outer borders do not arise opposite each other, the outer marginal spine being markedly distal to the inner spine.

Synonym (s)
Scaphocalanus elongatus A. Scott, 1909

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Bay of Bengal (Lat: 15) (Long: 90) INDIA
• INDIA (Record: 23/04/1924)
• Bay of Bengal INDIA (Record: 21/10/1911)

Literature Source(s)
  • Manakadan, R and Pittie, A (2002) Standardized english and scientific names of the Indian subcontinent-2002 Newsletter for Birdwatchers S. Sridhar 42 p 35
  • Sewell, RBS (1999) The copepoda of Indian seas Biotech Books, Delhi, India 407 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Boltovskoy, D (Ed.) Zooplankton of the South Atlantic Ocean Marine Species Identification Portal Available at -

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