Asterocomes indica   Rao,  1962 (Copepod)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Maxillopoda

Size: 0.59 to 0.62 mm (Female); 0.58 to 0.61 mm (Male)

Female: The body is translucent and can easily be distinguished into prosome with anterior cephalosome and posterior thorax and urosome, Prosome overlaps urosome to sonie extent on the dorsal side. There is no external segmentation on the body. Urosome is a subrectangular complex without any segmentation. The posterior region descends into two lobe like structures, each bearing 4-setae, represent the cauidal rami, On either side of the urosome there is an oVal egg sac, apparently containing single embryo. Size of the egg sac is 0.12 mm.

Male: Size of the male varies from 0.58 to 0.61 mm. Body form as in female. The mouth parts and other appendages are like those of female. Body is greatly swollen on the dorsal side. In the urosome of male just below the fifth legs on either side there is a ves:tigial genital armature which may represent the vestigial portions ofthe sixth pair of legs.

Remarks. All siphonostomatous cyclopoids are characterised by the presence of a siphon in the oral region except the family Cancerillidae in which it is highly reduced.

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• Tamil Nadu, Devipatnam INDIA (Record: 09/1961- 10/1961)
• South East coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • James, PSBR ; Thomas, PA ; Pillai, CSG and Achari Kumaraswamy, GP (1969) ´╗┐Catalogue of types and of sponges, corals, polychaetes, crabs and echinoderms in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 7 1-66 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Rao, CAP (1962) A new genus and species of a cyclopoid copepod parasitic on a starfish Journal of Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 4(1) 10-105 Available at - NIO,Goa

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