Undinula darwini   Lubbock,  1860 (Copepod)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class: Maxillopoda
Order:Calanoida
Family:Calanidae

Description
Size: Length female 2 mm; male 1.8 mm.

Female of this species is characterized by a prolongation of the posterior thoracic margin on the left side backwards in a rounded or square flap, and by the presence of rows of spines on the posterior margin of the first two abdominal segments. While the right side shows a border that is tapered to a blunt point, below which is a small indentation.
The presence of spines on the abdominal segments appears to be a very variable character; in some specimens spines were present in the typical manner along the posterior margins of both the first and second segments of the abdomen, but in other cases these spines were absent from the genital segment and present on the 2nd segment or they might be absent altogether.


Synonym (s)
Undinula darwini A. Scott, 1909
Undinula darwini Wolfenden, 1911
Undinula darwini T. Scott, 1912
Undinula darwini Sewell, 1912
Undinula darwini Pesta, 1913
Undinula darwini Sewell, 1914
Calanus darwini Farran, 1929

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Estuarine, Coastal

Biogeography


• West Bengal, Sundarbans (Lat: 21.5) (Long: 88.17) INDIA
• Kerala, Off Trivandrum Coast INDIA
• Arabian Sea
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA
• Goa, Off Aguada INDIA (Depth: 25 mts)
• Arabian Sea (Lat: 16) (Long: 62) INDIA (Record: 12/09/1991-23/09/1991) (Depth: 200-500 mts)
• Arabian Sea (Lat: 23) (Long: 73) INDIA (Record: 12/09/1991-23/09/1991) (Depth: 200-500 mts)
• Andhra Pradesh, Lawsons Bay INDIA
• West Bengal, South 24 Parganas INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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