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Centropages elegans

Giesbrecht (1895)

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


  • Female: 1.86 ¨C 2.14 mm
  • Male: 1.84 ¨C 2.05 mm

Distinguishing characteristics

  • P5 form
  • Female: knoblike protrusion at anterior prosome and semicircle projection on dorsal cephalosome


  • Cephalosome and prosome somite 1 incompletely separated
  • Left A1 extends past caudal rami by last 2 segments
  • Right A1 geniculate at segments 18 & 19, acute teeth on segments 17 ¨C 19
  • P5 right exopod, segment 2 extends internally into a long bluntly rounded extension, exopod segment 3 in the form of a much longer tapering spine.
  • P5 left exopod, 2 segmented, exopod segments 2 & 3 bearing 2 spines which do not taper much and densely pitted tips


  • Cephalosome and prosome somite 1 incompletely separated
  • A1 extends beyond caudal rami by last 5 segments
  • Posterior margins of prosome rounded
  • P5 exopod segment 1 has a round projection on inner margin, exopod segment 2 with a strong spiniform projection directed distally, with distal inner margin hairs
  • Genital somite symmetrical, wider than long with a posterodorsal row of spinules
  • Urosome somite 2 has a ventral knoblike projection and 2 posterodorsal rows of spinules
  • Caudal rami long and symmetrical


  • Epipelagic
  • Coastal
  • Tropical
  • Pacific Ocean


  • Little is known about the ecology of this species


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