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Centropages calaninus

Dana (1849)

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Phylum Arthropoda
Subphylum Crustacea
Class Maxillopoda
Subclass Copepoda
Order Calanoida
Family Centropagidae
Genus Centropages
Species calaninus


  • Female: 1.72 – 2.18 mm
  • Male: 1.80 – 2.06 mm

Distinguishing characteristics

  • P5 form in male, in female P5 exopodal segment 2 inner edge spine is straight and longer than exopodal segment 3
  • Female genital somite symmetrical with lateral swellings in dorsal view


  • Last metasome segment rounded
  • Right P5 exopodal segment 3 claw is longer than the inner extension of exopodal segment 2 and is sharply bent


  • Last prosome somite rounded in dorsal view
  • A1 extends beyond caudal rami by last 2 segments
  • Notch on the proximal inner margin of exopodal segment 1 of P5
  • P5 exopodal segment 2 inner edge spine is straight and longer than exopodal segment 3
  • Genital somite symmetrical with lateral swellings in dorsal view
  • Anal somite almost 2 times as long as urosome somite 2
  • Caudal rami large and asymmetrical


  • Epipelagic, coastal
  • Tropical, subtropical, cold temperate
  • Indian and Pacific, Atlantic uncertain


  • Little is known about the ecology of this species


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