Rhynchothalestris rufocincta   (Brady,  1880) (Copepod)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Maxillopoda

Size: Length 0.9 mm (male), 1.0 mm (female).

Body linear and widest at the posterior margin of cephalothorax. Rostrum large and acutely pointed anteriorly. Abdominal segments 3-4 fringed with minute spinules. Antennule 9-segmented with an aesthete on fourth segment. Exopod of antenna 3-segmented, the median one being quite short with a dorsal seta. Maxilliped prehensile with a terminal claw and a short spine on inner margin of endopod. P.1 with 2-segmented endopod and 3-segmented exopod, the first exopod segment and second endopod segment being the longest. P.2-P.4 with both rami 3-segmented. P.5 with expanded flaps, the base endopod bearing 4 internal setae and the oval exopod bearing 6 outer setae. Endopod of P.2-P.3 modified in male.

Synonym (s)
Thalestris rufocincta Brady, 1880

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic, Coastal


• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA (Record: 26/01/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA (Record: 28/01/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA (Record: 29/01/1987)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Hut Bay INDIA (Record: 18/03/1990)
• Kerala, Off Trivandrum Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Rao, GC (1991) Meiofauna State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 41-135 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rao, GC (1993) Littoral meiofauna of Little Andaman Records of the Zoological Survey of India. Occasional paper no. 155 ZSI, Calcutta 120 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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

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