Mappates plataxus   Rangnekar,  1959 (Copepod)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Maxillopoda

Image copyrights: Marine Biological Association of India

Size: Length 3 mm.

Cephalothorax oval, longer than wide, more than half the entire length, median lobe about half the width of the cephalothorax, produced over the third thoracic segment into a semilunar dorsal plate extending over the fourth thoracic segment and over the anterior half of the genital segment. Latter wider than long, bearing the reduced fifth and sixth legs at its postero-lateral borders. Abdomen reduced to a short lobe bearing the anal laminae.

Parasitic on the gills of Platax teira (fish).

Synonym (s)
Eirgos plataxus Kirtisinghe, 1964

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Maharashtra, Mumbai (Lat: 18.98) (Long: 72.83) 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
  • Prabha, C and Pillai, NK (1983) Additions to the copepods parasitic on the marine fishes of India. 1. On twelve species of caligids Occasional paper no 46 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI 17899 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • 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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