First record of Caromiobenella helgolandica (Claus, 1863) (Copepoda, Monstrilloida) from the Saudi waters of the Arabian Gulf

Biji Thomas*, Karuppasamy Manikandan, Mohammed Qurban, Todd Clardy, Arumugam Sundaramanickam, Eduardo Suárez-Morales

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Abstract

Caromiobenella helgolandica (Claus, 1863), a presumedly widespread monstrilloid copepod, is reported for the first time from Saudi waters of the Arabian Gulf; only females were found in zooplankton samples collected from Tarut Bay in the Arabian Gulf. Caromiobenella Jeon, Lee, & Soh, 2018 is a recently described genus that is distinguished by having modified male antennules. The nauplii of monstrilloid copepods are endoparasitic on molluscs and polychaetes, while the adults are free-living reproductive forms. This study is an unprecedented record of C. helgolandica from the Arabian Gulf region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)575-581
Number of pages7
JournalCheck List
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022

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Keywords

  • Antennule
  • monospecificity
  • oral papilla
  • ovigerous spine
  • semi-parasitic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Plant Science
  • Ecology

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