Caligus clavatus   Kirtisinghe,  1964 (Copepod)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Maxillopoda

Image copyrights: Marine Biological Association of India

Size: Length 3.4 mm.

Carapace as long as broad, with projecting frontal plates. Posteromedian lobe slightly broader than lateral lobes and projecting slightly beyond them. Genital segment very large, longer than broad and only slightly narrower than carapace, resembling a short-necked round-bottomed flask, abdomen long, 1-segmented and swollen, slightly shorter than genital segment. Distal exopod segment of leg 1 with 3 very small ventral setae. Basal segment of endopod of leg 2 with a crest of spines, spines on exopod with broad serrate wings. Leg 4 4-segmented, with subequal claws.

Parasitic in the branchial cavity of fishes (Sphyraena jello and Sphyraena obtusata).

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• Kerala INDIA (Record: 1965)

Literature Source(s)
  • Pillai, NK (1967) Copepods parasitic on Indian marine fishes - A review Proceedings of the symposium on Crustacea Marine Biological Association of India Part V 1556-1680 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

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