Stenhelia (Delavalia) ovalis   Wells and Rao  (Copepod)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Maxillopoda

Size: Length 0.40-0.42 mm

Body elongate. Metasome wider than urosome. Somatic ornamentation lacking. Rostrum pronounced with rounded apex. Caudal ramus twice longer than wide with 2 well developed terminal setae. Antennule 8-segmented, with an aesthete on fourth segment. Exopod of antenna 3-segmented, the third segment being the longest with one lateral and 3 terminal setae. Maxilliped prehensile. Endopod of P.1 is 2-segmented, the first segment being oval, while the second one being elongate with a curious spine. P.2-P.4 with 3-segmented rami, the outer spines on exopod being stout and pectinate. Exopod of P.5 with 5 setae.

Synonym (s)
Stenhelia ovalis Wells and Rao 1987

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Sandy, Coastal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bomila Creek INDIA (Record: 19/03/1990)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Butler Bay INDIA (Record: 21/03/1990)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA (Record: 1993)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • 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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