Developmental stages of a cyclopoid copepod Cyclopina longifera (Sewell) reared in the laboratory

S.C. Goswami


There are six naupliar stages in the life history of Cyclopina longifera. Nauplii of this species resemble in all the essential features as the shape of the body, 3-segmented antennule and biramous antennae with those of other Cyclopoid copepods. However, the endopod of the mandibles is a 2-lobed structure and the labrum is quite large. The presence of six naupliar stages in this species is an interesting features as other members of the family Cyclopoidae have mostly five naupliar stages. The development of the copepodids is normal and gradual


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