Studies on scolecithricidae (Copepoda: Calanoida) of the Indian Ocean. 1: Taxonomic features, ecology and distribution of Scolecithrix danae (Lubbock)

T.C. Gopalakrishnan

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This paper deals with the taxonomic features, ecology and zoogeography of Scolecithrix danae, the most abundant species of the family Scolecithricidae in the Indian Ocean based on the zooplankton samples collected during the International Indian Ocean Expedition. This species was present at 82% of the total stations and constituted 60% of the total counts of Scolecithricidae. S. danae was present throughout the epipelagic zone of the Indian Ocean (north of 40 degrees S latitude) with maximum abundance in the equatorial waters especially along the African Coast. Seasonal and diurnal variations were not pronounced

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