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Farranula carinata

Giesbrecht (1891)

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Phylum Arthropoda
Subphylum Crustacea
Class Maxillopoda
Subclass Copepoda
Order Cyclopoida
Family Corycaeidae
Genus Farranula
Species carinata


  • Female: 0.72 – 0.98 mm
  • Male: 0.7 – 0.91 mm

Distinguishing characteristics

  • Cuticular lenses in profile when viewed dorsally
  • Genital somite form


  • Prosome 2 segmented
  • Urosome widest at centre, tapered both anteriorly and posteriorly
  • Urosome 2.5 times as long as caudal rami
  • Posterior section of genital enlargement 2/3 of way down somite
  • Caudal rami 10 times as long as wide


  • 2 plumose or spiny setae at base of A2
  • Prosome 2 segmented
  • Prosome points long and slender, extend beyond centre of urosome
  • Prosome hump backed in lateral view
  • Beak like keel on ventral surface
  • P4 with no trace of endopod, 1 naked seta at the base
  • Urosome 1 segmented
  • Urosome 2 times as long as caudal rami
  • Urosome has wide projection dorsally with setae mid ventral anteriorly
  • Caudal rami 4 times as long as wide




  • Bradford-Grieve, J. M., E. L. Markhaseva, et al. (1999). Copepoda. South Atlantic Zooplankton. D. Boltovskoy. Leiden, The Netherlands, Backhuys Publishers. 1: 869-1098.
  • Conway DVP, White, R.G., Hugues-Dit-Ciles, J., Gallienne, C.P. and Robins, D.B. (2003) Guide to the coastal and surface zooplankton of the south-western Indian Ocean, Vol Occasional Publications No. 15. Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom.
  • Farran, G. P. (1911). "Plankton from Christmas Island, Indian Ocean. I. On Copepoda of the Family Corycaeidae." London Proc. Zool. Soc. 1911: (282-296).