Species Card of Copepod
Platycopioida ( Order )
    Platycopiidae ( Family )
        Platycopia ( Genus )
Platycopia robusta  Andronov, 1985   (F,M)
Andronov, 1985 (p.1735, figs.F,M, juv.); Vives & Shmeleva, 2010 (p.32, figs.F,M)
Species Platycopia robusta - Plate 1 of morphological figuresissued from : Andronov V.N. in Zool. Zh., 1973, 64 (11). [p.1736, Fig.1].
Female (from off cap Blanc, Mauritania): 1-2, habitus (dorsal and lateral, respectively); 3, A1; 4, A2; 5, Mx1; 6, Md; 7, Mx2; 8, Mxp; 9-13, P1 to P5.

Male: 14, P5.

Species Platycopia robusta - Plate 2 of morphological figuresissued from : Andronov V.N. in Zool. Zh., 1973, 64 (11). [p.1737, Fig.2].
Male: 1, last thoracic segments and urosome (dorsal)

Copepodite V female: 2, last thoracic segments and urosome (dorsal); 3, P5; 4, P2 (distal part).

Copepodite V Male: 5, P5.

Copepodite IV: 6, last thoracic segments and urosome); 7-10, P2 to P5.

Species Platycopia robusta - Plate 3 of morphological figuresBoth A1 male nongeniculate.
Sexual dimorphism present in P5.
A2 exopod 6-segmented.
Exopod of Md indistinctly 3-segmented.
Mx2 not extremely modified.
Syncoxa of Mxp with 2 setae ......
P1 with 2-segmented exopod and 2-segmented endopod.
Exopod of P2 to P5 having inner setae; P2-P5 with outer spines on 1st exopod segment..... Platycopia...... 3 - 1st and/or 2nd exopod segments of P2-P5 of female having inner setae or spines.....4 - 2nd exopod segment of P5 male with 2 proximal spines along outer margin...... 5 - 3rd endopod segment of male P5 having 5 spines....... 6 - Distal 2 endopod segments of P3 and P4 incompletely fused; 1st exopod segment of female P5 without inner seta.

NZ: 1

Distribution map of Platycopia robusta by geographical zones
Species Platycopia robusta - Distribution map 2
Chart of 1996
Mauritania (Cap Blanc)
N: 1
(603) F: 0,71-0,6; M: 0,62-0,54; {F: 0,60-0,71; M: 0,54-0,62}
Rem.: epibenthic (20 m).
Andronov (1985, p.1738-1739) points to: It has been shown that the abdomens of adult males and females of this and, probally, other species are made up of five and not, as was held earlier, four segments; the first abdominal (genital) segment in a female is separated from the second one; mobile articulation both in a female and in a male is between the first and second abdominal segments (in contradistinction to Gymnoplea and Podoplea). These and some other signs corroborate Lang's opinion (1948) that the family Platycopiidae is a valid suborder of the Copepoda, named Progymnoplea.
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