Pontella princeps   Dana,  1849 (Copepod)
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Class: Maxillopoda

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Size (female): length 5.87 mm; (male): 5.349 mm.

Female: Color: The coloration of this species is striking; the general coloration of the body is a deep blue and on thoracic segments 1 to 3 in the mid-dorsal line is a deep blue spot surrounded by a halo of opaque silvery white; the terminal 5 or 6 segments of the 1st antenna are chocolate brown. There are also some scattered white spots on the dorsal aspect of the swollen abdominal segment. The proportional lengths of the cephalothorax and abdomen are as 20 to 7, so that the abdomen is contained 2.857 times in the length of the anterior region. The head is furnished with side hooks. The rostrum is bifid, terminating in a pair of stout spines; a well-developed rostral lens is present. The cephalon and 1st thoracic segments are fused; thoracic segments 4 and 5 are separate and the posterior thoracic margin is produced backwards on each side in a stout spine. The 1st antenna consists of twenty-four free joints, segment 8 and 9, 11 and 12 and 24 and 25 being, respectively, fused together, as is usual in this genus. The proximal thirteen segments bear a fringe of hairs on their posterior margin and the 14th segment carries a stout process. The 2nd antenna is of the usual type, but the exopod is considerably shorter than in some of the other members of the genus. The mouth-parts and swimming legs have the usual structure.

Male: The proportional lengths of the cephalothorax and abdomen are as 16 to 7, so that the abdomen is contained 2.286 times in the length of the anterior region of the body. The cephalothorax resembles that of the female.
The abdomen consists of five segments with the furcal rami. The right 1st antenna is modified to form a grasping organ; the left antenna is unmodified and resembles that of the female. The left antenna consists of twenty-two free segments; segments 8 and 9, and 11 and 12 respectively being fused either completely or partially.

Synonym (s)
Pontella princeps A. Scott, 1909
Pontella princeps Sewell, 1912

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic


• Kerala, Off Trivandrum Coast INDIA (Record: 03/1958)
• Kerala, Trivandrum (Lat: 8.48) (Long: 76.92) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar, Nankauri Harbour INDIA (Record: 1910-1925)
• Arabian Sea INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA (Record: 20/04/1985-04/05/1985)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 20/04/1985-04/05/1985)

Literature Source(s)
  • Zoological Survey of India (Eds) (1991) Animal resources of India (Protozoa to Mammalia) ZSI 1-694 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Madhupratap, M and Haridas, P (1986) Epipelagic calanoid copepods of the Northern Indian Ocean Copepod 105-117 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • Saraswathy, M (1966) Pelagic Copepods from the inshore waters Off Trivandrum Coast Proceedings of Symposium on Crustacea Marine Biological Association of India, Mandapam Camp Part-I 74-106 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Sewell, RBS (1999) The copepoda of Indian seas Biotech Books, Delhi, India 407 pp 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
  • Padmavati, G; Haridas, P; Nair, KKC; Gopalakrishnan, TC; Shiney, P and Madhupratap, M (1998) Vertical distribution of mesozooplankton in the central and eastern Arabian Sea during the winter monsoons Journal of Plankton Research Cambridge University Press 20 343-354 Available at - http://drs.nio.org/drs/handle/2264/1869
  • Achuthankutty, CT; Nair, SRS; Haridas, P and Madhupratap, M (1989) Zooplankton composition of the Kalpeni and Agatti atolls, Lakshadweep archipelago Indian Journal of Marine Sciences Scientific Publishers 18 151-154 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Razouls, C; Bovee, F; Kouwenberg, J and Desreumaux, N Diversity and geographic distribution of marine planktonic copepods Available at - http://copepodes.obs-banyuls.fr/en/index.php

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