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

Image copyrights: Marine Biological Association of India

Size: Length 4 mm.

Carapace proportionately wide, narrowing forwards, frontal plates narrow, with projecting lunules. Postero-lateral lobes curving inwards and closing the posterior sinuses. Fourth segment small, genital segment enlarged, with rounded postero-lateral lobes, abdomen 1-segmented, semicircular, anal laminae minute. Maxilla 2 with an accessory process. Sternal fork with stout base and short parallel rami. Outer claw of exopod of leg 3 strongly curved. Leg 4 stout and 4-segmented.

Parasitic in the branchial cavity of fishes (Caranx melanampygus and Caranx species).

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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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