Caligus polycanthi   Gnanamuthu,  1950 (Copepod)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Maxillopoda

Image copyrights: Marine Biological Association of India

Size: Length 4 mm.

Carapace distinctly longer than broad, postero-median lobe hardly projecting beyond the lateral lobes. Fourth thoracic segment broader than long. Genital segment slightly broader than long, postero-laterally produced into large rounded lobes. Abdomen short, 1-segmented. Maxilla 1 long and falcate. Basal segment of maxilliped 2 with a small bilobed elevation. Sternal fork with diverging rami. Distal claws of exopod of leg 1 regularly increasing in size from the first to the fourth. Leg 4 3-segmented.

Parasitic on the body surface of Balistes maculates (fish).

Synonym (s)
Caligus canthidermis Yamaguti & Yamasu, 1959

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA

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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