Lepeophtheirus spinifer   Kirtisinghe,  1937 (Copepod)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Maxillopoda

Image copyrights: Marine Biological Association of India

Size: Length 6 mm.

Carapace slightly longer than broad and visibly narrowing forwards, postero-median lobe projecting beyond lateral lobes and slightly overlapping fourth thoracic segment, latter broader than long. Genital segment roughly equal in length and width, with prominent rounded postero-lateral lobes. Abdomen short, 1-segmented, with slightly swollen base. Leg 5 a long strongly chitinised process reaching far beyond the anal laminae.

Parasitic in the branchial cavity of fishes (Rachycentron canadus and Chorinemus tala).

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• Maharashtra, Mumbai (Lat: 18.98) (Long: 72.83) INDIA
• Kerala INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Tikader, BK and Gajbe, UA (1973) A new species of the genus Plator Simon (family: Platoridae) from India Current Science 42(23) p 829
  • 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 - http://www.marinespecies.org

Page last updated on:2010-07-09

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