Metamphiascopsis nicobaricus   (Sewell,  1940) (Copepod)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Maxillopoda

Size: Length 0.8 – 1.0 mm.

Body linear, with distinct demarcation between metasome and urosome. Rostrum distinct, triangular and pointed anteriorly. Caudal ramus broader than long with 2 developed setae. Antennule 9-segmented, with an aesthete on fourth segment. Exopod of antenna 3-segmented, the middle one being quite short. Maxilliped with a terminal claw and a row of needle-like setae on inner margin of endopod. P.1 with 3-segmented exopod and 2-segmented endopod, the first segment being very long, while the second segment being very short, with 2 terminal claws. P.2-P.4 with both rami 3-segmented. P.5 with base endopod bearing 5 setae and the oval distal segment with 6 setae. Endopod of P.2 in male modified. P.6 in male with one spine and 2 setae.

Synonym (s)
Amphiascus nicobaricus Sewell, 1940

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Coastal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 3/2/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA (Record: 13/02/1987)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bomila Creek INDIA (Record: 19/03/1990)

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
  • 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

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