Lepeophtheirus crassus   (Bere,  1936) (Copepod)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Maxillopoda

Image copyrights: Marine Biological Association of India

Size: Length 6 mm.

Carapace orbicular, as wide as long, frontal plates small, membranous flange narrow. Postero-median lobe more than twice as broad as lateral lobes and not projecting beyond them. Fourth thoracic segment transversely linear, with poorly developed dorsal plates or lobes. Genital segment three-fifths as wide as carapace, with gracefully curved shoulders and posteriorly produced into oval lobes. Abdomen 2-segmented, segments subequal in length. Maxilla 1 simple, maxilla 2 bifid. Sternal fork with pointed limbs. Leg 4 with last claw very long. Leg 5 a stout process.

Parasitic on the body surface of Echeneis albescens (fish).

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• Bay of Bengal 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 - http://www.marinespecies.org

Page last updated on:2010-07-09

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