Arenopontia subterranea   Kunz,  1937 (Copepod)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Maxillopoda

Size: Length 0.30 – 0.32 mm.

Body cylindrical and vermiform without demarcation between metasome and urosome. Caudal rami twice longer than wide with a terminal spine, 2 lateral and 2 terminal setae. Antennule 6-segmented, with an aesthete on fourth segment. Exopod of antenna one-segmented with 2 terminal setae. P.1-P.4 are biramous with 3-segmented exopod and 2-segmented endopod. Second endopod segment short with 2 terminal setae. Maxilliped single segmented, with a terminal claw. Second endopod segment of P.2 and P.4 with a modified seta. P.5 is a triangular plate with 4 setae. P.6 in male is a semicircular lamina with a short spine and a long seta.

Synonym (s)
Arenopontia subterranea Kunz, 1937

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Sandy, Coastal


• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam (Lat: 17.7) (Long: 83.3) INDIA
• Bay of Bengal (Lat: 15) (Long: 90) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 7/3/1983)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 9/2/1987)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Waltair Coast INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar, Peemaiah Bay (Lat: 6.75) (Long: 93.63) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar, Peemaiah Bay (Lat: 7.25) (Long: 93.93) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Nagabhushanam, AK and Krishnan, S (1993) Observations on the distribution of some of the marine organism inhabiting the inter-tidal zone along the western continental shelf of the Bay of Bengal, with particular reference to the Tamil Nadu coastal strip Records of the Zoological Survey of India 93(3-4) 449-490 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Rao, DVS (2005) Comprehensive review of the records of the biota of the Indian Seas and the introduction of non-indigenous species Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems John Wiley and Sons, Ltd. 15(2) 117-146 Available at -
  • 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
  • Rao, GC and Ganapati, PN (1966) The interstitial fauna inhabiting the beach sands of Waltair coast Proceedings of the National Institute of Sciences of India 34(2) Available at -
  • 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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