Halophytophilus aberrans   Wells & Rao  1987 (Copepod)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class: Maxillopoda
Order:Harpacticoida
Family:Ectinosomatidae

Description
Size: length (female) 360 ┬Ám.

Female: Genital somite narrow with the suture represented only by very small patches of chitin.
Somatic ornamentation: Body densely ornamented with punctae. Abdomen with a broad hyaline frill on all segments. That of the genital somite and the third segment finely denticulate on the dorsal side and rather more coarsely denticulate ventrally; the divisions are also deeper ventrally. Genital somite and third segment with a supplementary row of spinules on the ventral part of the frill. Ventral part of the frill of the fourth segment is deeply denticulate while the dorsal side is plain with the median portion forming a pseudoperculum. Last segment with a deeply denticulate ventral part; dorsally the frill is absent.
Caudal ramus much broader than long. Ventrally with prominent median and outer unguiform projections. Three well developed terminal setae, the innermost fused to the ramus.
P.1: Coxa with a setulose distal edge. Basis with an inner and an outer spine and with a row of spinules on the anterior surface. Distal edge with stout spinules at the outer corner and with minute setules at the inner corner. Rami three-segmented. Endopod not prehensile, longer than the exopod. Outer edge of all segments heavily spinulose and with massive outer spines each with stout accessory spinules.
P. 2-P. 4: Coxa with stout spinules at the outer distal corner and with minute setules at the inner distal corner. Basis with very stout spinules at the outer distal corner and minute setules at the inner part of the distal edge. Rami three-segmented, endopod slightly longer than the exopod. Outer edge of all segments heavily spinulose.




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Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Sandy

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, South Andaman, North Bay (Lat: 11.86) (Long: 93.07) INDIA (Record: 30/03/1974) (Depth: 0.2 mts)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, South Andaman, East Point (Lat: 11.97) (Long: 92.95) INDIA (Record: 09/05/1973) (Depth: 0.05-0.2 mts)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar, Ranganatha Bay (Lat: 6.75) (Long: 93.63) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar, Ranganatha Bay (Lat: 7.25) (Long: 93.93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar, Bonnington Bay (Lat: 6.75) (Long: 93.63) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar, Bonnington Bay (Lat: 7.25) (Long: 93.93) 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
  • 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 - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Rao, GC (1988) Meiofauna of the intertidal sediments on Great Nicobar Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 4 (2) 89-100 Available at - NIO, Goa

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