Pennella platycephalus   Gnanamuthu,  1957 (Copepod)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Maxillopoda

Image copyrights: Marine Biological Association of India

Size: Length 37 mm.

Head nearly circular, medially cleft and dorso-ventrally flattened. Papillae in the form of a dense oral cluster in the middle and large ones extending from the front part forwards and curving inwards. Lateral horns extending outwards and backwards. Neck longer than genital part. Abdomen three-fourths the length of the genital part, with 16 pairs of appendages, each except the first 2 pairs, with 3 to 4 branches.

Parasitic on Cypselurus spilopterus (fish).

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• 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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