Diversity and Geographic Distribution of Marine Planktonic Copepods
(sensu lato)

(from 1883 to 2013/2014)

Calanoida, Platycopioida, Misophrioida, Mormonilloida, Cyclopoida (gnathostomes and poecilostomes), Siphonostomatoida, Harpacticoida, Monstrilloida

Last update : 02/02/2018 (  List of the updates )

by  Claude Razouls   ,  Francis de Bovée,  Juliana Kouwenberg  1

and Nicolas Desreumaux  2

Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls
Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI) - CNRS/INSU

Laboratoire Arago, BP 44, F-66651 Banyuls/Mer Cedex, France

Tel: 33 (0)4 68 88 73 73; Fax: 33 (0)4 68 88 16 99


Abstract :

This site, unique for marine planktonic copepods, and created by the Laboratoire Arago (Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls sur Mer), is the fruit of more than 30 years of research coordinated by Claude Razouls on copepods and multiple collaborations at the international level.

It presents a complete interactive database of all described marine planktonic copepods, including :

  • Taxonomic classification with references
  • Illustrated and referenced species database
  • A geographic distribution in the world's oceans and seas, with division in zones and subzones

synthesis covers the whole of the Oceans and the seas of the sphere

A complete bibliography including taxonomic and ecological aspects

The database was compiled from a bibliographic search of 9102 relevant scientific publications, taking into account the actual state of synonymy.

Species Centropages elongatus - Plate of morphological figures It comprises 340 genera, and 2645 studied species with geographic distribution.

The species cards are progressively enriched with elements such as figure plates, maps, graphs or charts, favouring the rare documents.

Currently, 18545 elements have been included, see the example figure opposite.

Miniature plate for Centropages elongatus.   
See the species card

This English version completes a great part of the French version.


1 External expertise (2006-2007) financially supported by MarBEF - Taxonomy Clearing System
2 Web development & Database manager

 Any use of this site for a publication will be mentioned with the following reference :

Razouls C., de Bovée F., Kouwenberg J. et Desreumaux N., 2005-2018. - Diversity and Geographic Distribution of Marine Planktonic Copepods. Sorbonne Université, CNRS. Available at http://copepodes.obs-banyuls.fr/en [Accessed February 19, 2018]

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