Harpacticus gracilis   Claus,  1863 (Copepod)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class: Maxillopoda
Order:Harpacticoida
Family:Harpacticidae

Description
Size: Length 0.58 mm.

Body linear and cephalosome longer than broad. Caudal ramus wider than long with two well developed setae. Antennule 9-segmented, with an aesthete on fourth segment. Antenna with exopod 2-segmented. Maxilliped prehensile with a terminal claw and the endopod bearing spinules on inner margins. P.1 biramous with 3-segmented exopod and 2-segmented endopod, both the terminal segments of the rami bearing 2 terminal claws. Endopod of P.1 twice longer than exopod. P.2-P.4 with both rami 3-segmented. P.5 biramous, with short endopod bearing 4 setae and elongated exopod bearing 5 setae of unequal length.


Synonym (s)
Harpacticus gracilis Claus, 1863

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated, Estuarine, Rocky, Sandy, Muddy, Coastal

Biogeography


• West Bengal, Digha beach (Lat: 21.65) (Long: 87.63) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 20/03/1983)
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 29/01/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 8/2/1987)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bomila Creek INDIA (Record: 19/03/1990)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Butler Bay INDIA (Record: 21/03/1990)
• Kerala, Ashtamudi Lake (Lat: 8.83) (Long: 76.05) INDIA
• Kerala, Ashtamudi Lake (Lat: 9.08) (Long: 76.66) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Hobday Island (Lat: 11.36) (Long: 92.53) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Hobday Island (Lat: 11.61) (Long: 92.71) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Jolly bouy Island (Lat: 11.36) (Long: 92.53) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Jolly bouy Island (Lat: 11.61) (Long: 92.71) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Galathea Bay (Lat: 6.75) (Long: 93.63) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Galathea Bay (Lat: 7.25) (Long: 93.93) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • 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
  • Chandrasekhara, G and Mishra, A (1986) The meiofauna and macrofauna of Digha beach, West Bengal, India Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Kolkata 83(3-4) 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 (1991) Meiofauna State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 41-135 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rao, GC (1987) Meiofauna of the Marine National Park, South Andaman Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 3(2) 88-97 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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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