Species Card of Copepod
Monstrilloida ( Order )
    Monstrillidae ( Family )
        Monstrillopsis ( Genus )
Monstrillopsis zernowi  Dolgopol'skaya, 1948   (F,M)
Dolgopol'skaya, 1948 (p.181, figs.F,M); Grygier, 1995 a (p.78); Suarez-Morales & al., 2006 (p.104, Rem.: p.105, Tab.1); Grygier & Ohtsuka, 2008 (pL501, Rem.).
Species Monstrillopsis zernowi - Plate 1 of morphological figuresIssued from : E. Suarez-Morales, A. Bello-Smith & S. Palma in Zool. Anz., 2006, 245. [p.103, Table 1]. Structural characteristics.
Morphological characters for comparative morphology of the species assigned to the genus Monstrillopsis by different authorities. See : M. dubioides, M. fosshageni, M. reticulata, M. sarsi, Cymbasoma gracilis, M. ferrari, M. dubia, M. angustipes, Monstrillopsis sp.

Key for the identification of the currently known species of Monstrillopsis (female only) after Suarez-Morales & al. (2006, p.105):
1 - Outer lobe of P5 without distal elongation; last antennular segment less than 45% of A1 length; body length less than 3 mm. .... 2.
2 - 5th pedigerous somite with lateral margins straight; genital somite not expanded proximally; A1 representing more than 30% of total body length; 5 caudal setae.

Compl. Ref.:
Suarez-Morales, 2011 (p.10, 12)
NZ: 1

Distribution map of Monstrillopsis zernowi by geographical zones
Black Sea (Crimea)
N: 1
(277) F: 1,5; M: 0,85; {F: 1,50; M: 0,85}
Rem.: For Suarez-Morale & al. (2006, p.104), this species from the Black Sea represents an enigmatic form. The female has most of the characters of the genus (sensu Sars, 1921) except the most important: the presence of 4 caudal setae. The authors have proposed to retain this species as an aberrant form of Monstrillopsis until new confirmation.
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