Psammastacus spinicaudatus   Wells,  1967 (Copepod)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Maxillopoda

Size: Length 0.6 mm.

Body cylindrical and vermiform without demarcation between metasome and urosome. Rostrum small and triangular. Anal operculum with two spinous outgrowths. Caudal rami conical, with a lateral row of spinules, 4 setae and a terminal claw. Antennule 7-segmented, with an aesthete on the fourth segment. Exopod of antenna one-segmented with a terminal seta. Maxilliped with elongated second endopod segment and a claw. P.1 with 1-segmented exopod and 2-segmented endopod. P.2-P.4 with 3-segmented exopods and 2-segmented endopods. Third exopod segment of P.3 and second and third exopods segments of P.4 bear modified setae. P.5 reduced to a narrow plate with 4 setae in female and 3 setae in male. P.6 in male is a narrow lappet with one lateral and one apical seta.

Synonym (s)
Pasmmastacus spinicaudatus Rao and Ganapati, 1969

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Sandy, Coastal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Andrott INDIA (Record: 22/02/1983)
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA (Record: 27/02/1983)
• Lakshadweep INDIA (Record: 1991, 1993)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bomila Creek INDIA (Record: 19/03/1990)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Butler Bay INDIA (Record: 21/03/1990)
• Orissa, Gahirmatha INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Das, A (2003) A catalogue of new taxa described by the scientists of the zoological survey of India during 1916-1991 Occasional paper no 208 ZSI, Kolkata 530 pp
  • Rao, GC and Ganapati, PN (1969) Some new interstitial copepods from Waltair coast Proceedings of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Section B 69 1-14; figs 8
  • Rao, GC (1993) Littoral meiofauna of Little Andaman Records of the Zoological Survey of India. Occasional paper no. 155 ZSI, Calcutta 120 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Wells, JBJ and Rao, GC (1987) Littoral Harpacticoida (Crustacea: Copepoda) from Andaman and Nicobar Islands Memoirs of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI 16(4) 1-385; figs 1-1 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Rao, GC (1991) Meiofauna State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 41-135 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Chadha, S and Sekar, KC (1999) Bhitarkanika:myth and reality Nataraj publishers, Dehra Dun Available at - NIO, Goa

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