Species Card of Copepod
Cyclopoida ( Order )
    Clausidiidae ( Family )
        Saphirella ( Genus )
Saphirella sp.  Brylinski, 2009   
Syn.: ? Saphirella indica : Vilela, 1965 (p.13, figs.)
Brylinski, 2009 (p.257, figs., Rem.)
Species Saphirella sp. - Plate 1 of morphological figuresissued from : J.-M. Brylinski in Cah. Biol. Mar., 2009, 50. [p.258, Fig.3].
A, habitus (dorsal); B, same (lateral); C, A2; D, Md; E, Mx1; F, Mx2; G, Mxp; H, P1; I, P2; J, forehead with rostrum (frontal view).
Scale bars : 0.100 mm.
st = sternal plate.
Nota: Rostrum with a ventral point backwards.
Red square eye visible (on the living individual, invisible on the fixed one)
A1 5-segmented.
A2 4-segmented.
Mxp 4-segmented.
Prosome 2-segmented with 2 pairs of swimming legs; each with exopod and endopod 1-segmented.

NZ: 1 + 1 doubtful

Distribution map of Saphirella sp. by geographical zones
English Channel: ? around Plymouth (Gurney, 1944); E English Channel (Strait of Dover: Boulogne-sur-Mer, Gravelines, Paluel); ? North Sea (Liverpool Bay)
N: 1
(1033) : 0,7
Rem.: According to Brylinski (2009, p.257) the Vilela's specimen from Ria de Faro-Olhao (Portugal) seems similar to Saphirella from Srtrait of Dover and not Saphirella indica. This form is founded in great abundance (exceeding 4200 ind.m3) off Boulogne-sur-Mer during the autumn season, also commonly present at Gravelines and Paluel during the summer
Last update : 30/01/2015
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