Caligus hilsae   Shen  1957 (Copepod)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Maxillopoda

Image copyrights: Marine Biological Association of India

Size: Length 9.6 mm.

Carapace longer than broad, frontal plates low, with comparatively low lunules, median lobe twice as broad as lateral lobes and slightly projecting, genital segment swollen, longer than broad, abdomen longer than genital segment, 2-segmented, anal laminae long, with stout setae armed with stiff hairs. Maxilla 1 reduced. Distal segment of leg 1 with 3 claws armed ventrally like a saw, the seta at the lower distal corner very stout. Leg 4 3-segmented, last claw very long.

Parasitic in the buccal and branchial cavities of fishes (Hilsa toil and Hilsa reeversii).

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• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh INDIA (Record: 1965)
• Arabian Sea 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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