Ectinosoma andamanica   Rao G.S.,  1993 (Copepod)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class: Maxillopoda
Order:Harpacticoida
Family:Ectinosomatidae

Description
Size: Female: Length 510-530 ┬Ám.

Body elongated and cylindrical, with a taper towards both the ends. Cephalothorax widest at the posterior end. Rostrum short with broad base and pointed tip directed ventrally. Genital somite slightly narrow with the suture represented by a few small patches of chitin. Body ornamented and minutely punctate. Abdominal segments excepting the last segment have a hyaline frill. Caudal ramus slightly longer than wide with a short unguiform projection and three well developed terminal setae, the median seta being the longest.

Antennule elongate and 5-segmented with the fifth segment being the longest and the third segment bearing an aesthete. Antenna with a basis, 2-segmented endopod and 3-segmented exopod. Mandible palp well developed. The two endopod segments carry 3 and 6 setae respectively, while the single exopod segment is quite small bearing 3 setae. Maxillule and maxilla are typical of the genus in their structure. Maxilliped with a short broad basis bearing a slender seta.

P.1-P.4 with a coxa bearing spinules at the distal outer corner. Basis with the outer edge bearing one seta. Both rami are 3-segmented, the endopod being longer than the exopod. Outer edges of all segments are spinulose. The basendopod has one outer and two inner setae of varying length. Exopod small and oval with 4 setae of varying length and shape.


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Ecology
Habitat:  Sandy, Coastal

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, West Bay INDIA (Record: 28/03/1990)

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 (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

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