Paraleptomesochra minima   Wells  (Copepod)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Maxillopoda

Size: Length 0.28-0.30 mm

Body linear and cylindrical, without a taper from anterior to posterior. Rostrum confluent with cephalothorax and sharply pointed anteriorly. Anal operculum present without setules. Somatic ornamentation lacking. Caudal ramus longer than broad with two developed terminal setae. Antennule 8-segmented, second segment longest and with an aesthete on fourth and terminal segments. Exopod of antenna 2-segmented, with a modified bifid terminal seta. Mandible exopod absent. Maxilliped prehensile, with a terminal claw. P.1 with both rami 2-segmented, first endopod segment being as long as exopod. Basis in male with a modified inner spine. P.2-P.4 with both rami 3-segmented with reduced setation. P.5 with distinct rami, exopod being longer than broad with 6 setae in female and 4 setae in male. P.6 in male confluent both sides with 2 setae on either side.

Synonym (s)
Paraleptomesochra minima Wells 1967

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Sandy, Coastal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Harmindar Bay INDIA (Record: 25/03/1990)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, South Bay INDIA (Record: 26/03/1990)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA (Record: 1993)
• Lakshadweep INDIA (Record: 1993)
• Inhaca Island MOZAMBIQUE (Record: 1993)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar, Bonnet Bay (Lat: 6.75) (Long: 93.63) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar, Bonnet Bay (Lat: 7.25) (Long: 93.93) INDIA

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
  • 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

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