Alebion alatus   Gnanamuthu,  1952 (Copepod)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Maxillopoda

Image copyrights: Marine Biological Association of India

Size: Length 5.08 mm.

Carapace orbicular, postero-median lobe extending beyond lateral lobes, the hind border of both median and lateral lobes spiny. Fourth segment half as broad as median lobe of carapace, dorsal plates extending over the genital segment. Genital segment large, 3 times as broad as fourth segment, with a wing-like lobe on either side, bearing 2 rows of short spines along the outer margin, each lobe continued as a long process reaching beyond the anal laminae, postero-lateral lobes of genital segment conical. Abdomen slender and 2-jointed, first segment without posterior lobes.

Parasitic on the body surface of Carcharinid shark.

Synonym (s)
Platyporinus alata Rao, 1950

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar 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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