Species Card of Copepod
Calanoida ( Order )
    Clausocalanoidea ( Superfamily )
        Scolecitrichidae ( Family )
            Scolecithrix ( Genus )
Scolecithrix elephas  Esterly, 1913   (F)
Syn.: Scolecithricella elephas : Sewell, 1948 (p.557, 563).
Amallothrix elephas : in CalCOFI regional list (MDO, Nov. 2013; M. Ohman, comm. pers.)
Esterly, 1913 (p.185, Descr.F, figs.F); Brodsky, 1950 (1967) (p.265, figs.F); Bradford, 1973 (p.143); Bradford & al., 1983 (p.78, Rem.); Vyshkvartzeva, 1999 (2000) (p.235, Rem.: Juv.5F de Scolecithrix aculeata)
Species Scolecithrix elephas - Plate 1 of morphological figuresIssued from : C.O. Esterly in Univ. Calif. Publs Zool., 1913, 11 (10). [Pl. 10, Fig. 8, 17].
Female (from S California): 8, forehead (lateral); 17, abdomen and postrior part of thorax (lateral).
Cephalothorax length: 1.2 mm.

Rostrum bifid, remarkably long, and heavy in the basal two-thirds, witha delicate filament at the end.
A1 23-segmented, 1.6 mm long.
Semi-transparent and without pigment.

Species Scolecithrix elephas - Plate 2 of morphological figuresIssued from : C.O. Esterly in Univ. Calif. Publs Zool., 1913, 11 (10). [Pl. 12, Figs. 59, 62].
Female: 59, exopod of P1; 62, P5.

Nota: 3rd segment of P5 tapers to an awl-like point; the outer margin near the base carries a small spine, and there is a heavy toothed bristle on the inner margin; there es a row of 7 or 8 spines on the distal margin of the 2nd segment.

Compl. Ref.:
Suarez-Morales & Gasca, 1998 a (p.111)
NZ: 1

Distribution map of Scolecithrix elephas by geographical zones
NE Pacif. (California: San Diego)
N: 1
(144) F: 1,6; {F: 1,60}
Rem.: ? Cf. Scolecithrix aculeata .
Probably in the Genus Amallothrix.
Last update : 31/01/2015
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