Mesochra pygmaea   (Claus,  1863) (Copepod)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class: Maxillopoda
Order:Harpacticoida
Family:Canthocamptidae

Description
Size: Length 0.42 mm.

Body linear without distinct demarcation between metasome and urosome. Antennule 6-segmented. Exopod of antenna 1-segmented. Rostrum distinct, long and slender. Maxilliped prehensile with a terminal claw and spinules on inner margin of endopod. P.1 biramous with endopod 3-segmented, basis being longer than the whole exopod. P.2-P.4 biramous with 2-segmented endopod and 3-segmented exopod. P.5 with 2 segments, the basal and distal segments bearing 5 setae each. Anal operculum covered with fine setules. Caudal ramus not longer than wide, a developed terminal seta present. Abdominal ornamentation lacking.


Synonym (s)
Dactylopus pygmaea Claus, 1863
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Benthic, Estuarine, Sandy, Coastal

Biogeography


• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 8/2/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA (Record: 13/02/1987)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, South Bay INDIA (Record: 26/03/1990)
• Maharashtra, Saphala Salt Marsh (Lat: 19.66) (Long: 72.61) INDIA (Record: 08/1984-10/1984)
• Andhra Pradesh, Balusutippa INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Yanam INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Kotipalli INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Etimoga INDIA
• Goa, Mandovi Estuary INDIA (Record: 06/1983 - 06/1984)
• Andhra Pradesh, Gautami-Godavari Estuary INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Rutland Island (Lat: 11.36) (Long: 92.53) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Rutland Island (Lat: 11.61) (Long: 92.71) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Campbell Bay (Lat: 6.75) (Long: 93.63) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Campbell Bay (Lat: 7.25) (Long: 93.93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar, Peemaiah Bay (Lat: 6.75) (Long: 93.63) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar, Peemaiah Bay (Lat: 7.25) (Long: 93.93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Junglighat 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
  • Ingole, BS; Anzari, ZA and Parulekar, AH (1990) Benthic harpacticoid copepod community of Saphala salt marsh along the west coast of India Indian Journal of Marine Sciences 19 217-220 Available at - http://hdl.handle.net/2264/2449
  • Kondalarao, B (1984) Distribution of Meiobenthic Harpacticoid Copepods in Gautami Godavari Estuarine System Indian Journal of Marine Sciences 13 80-84 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • Sealifebase Available at - http://www.sealifebase.org/
  • Ansari, ZA and Parulekar, AH (1993) Environmental stability and seasonality of a harpacticoid copepod community Marine Biology Springer 115 279-286 Available at - http://drs.nio.org/drs/handle/2264/2784
  • Murty, KVR and Kondalarao, B (1987) Survey of meiofauna in the Gautami-Godavari estuary Journal of the marine biological association of India The marine biological association of India 29(1&2) 37-44 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rao, GC (1987) Meiofauna of the Marine National Park, South Andaman Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 3(2) 88-97 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rao, GC (1988) Meiofauna of the intertidal sediments on Great Nicobar Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 4 (2) 89-100 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rao, GC (1989) Ecology of the meiofauna of sand and mud flats around Port Blair Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 5(2) 99-107 Available at - NIO, Goa

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