Species Card of Copepod
Calanoida ( Order )
    Arietelloidea ( Superfamily )
        Arietellidae ( Family )
            Metacalanus ( Genus )
Metacalanus aurivilli  Cleve, 1901   (F,M)
Syn.: Metacalanus aurivillii Cleve, 1901 (p.43, figs.F,M); Sewell, 1914 a (p.228);
Scottula ambariakae Binet & Dessier, 1968 (p.21); Frontier, 1977 a (p.15)
Thompson & Scott, 1903 (p.243, figs.F,M); A. Scott, 1909 (p.146, Rem.F,M); Sewell, 1932 (p.330); 1948 (p.345); Kasturirangan, 1963 (p.37, 42, figs.F,M); Chen & Zhang, 1965 (p.87, figs.F,M); Saraswathy, 1966 (1967) (p.80, fig.F, Rem.); Greenwood, 1978 (p.5, figs.F,M, Rem.); Zheng & al., 1982 (p.60, figs.F,M); Campaner, 1984 (p.102, 104, 107, figs.F,M, Rem); Ohtsuka, 1984 (p.364, Rem.); 1985 (p.305, Rem.); Bradford-Grieve,1999 b (p.36, figs.F,M, Rem., fig. 189); Conway & al., 2003 (p.179, figs.F,M, Rem.)
Species Metacalanus aurivilli - Plate 1 of morphological figuresissued from: Q.-c Chen & S.-z. Zhang in Studia Marina Sinica, 1965, 7. [Pl.34, 11-14].
Female (from E China Sea): 11, habitus (dorsal); 12, P5 (posterior).

Male: 13, habitus (dorsal); 14, P5 (posterior).

Species Metacalanus aurivilli - Plate 2 of morphological figuresissued from : J.G. Greenwood in Proc. R. Soc. Qd, 1978, 89. [p.6, Fig.2].
Female (from Moreton Bay, E Australia): a, habitus (dorsal); b, idem (lateral right side); e-h, P1-P4 respectively; i, P5.

Male: c, urosome (dorsal); d, posterior part of prosome with P5 in situ and urosome (lateral left side); j, P5.

Species Metacalanus aurivilli - Plate 3 of morphological figuresissued from : Z. Zheng, S.J. Li & B. Chen in Marine planktonic copepods in Chinese waters. Shanghai Sc. & Techn. Press. [p.61, Fig.34].
Female: a, habitus (dorsal); b, P5.
Male: c, habitus (dorsal); d, P5.

Scale bars in mm.

Species Metacalanus aurivilli - Plate 4 of morphological figuresissued from : M. Saraswathy in Proc. Symp. Crustacea.- Symp. Ser. mar. biol. Ass. India, 1966, 2 (1). [p.82, Fig.1 (3)].
Female (from Trivandrum coast, SW India): 3, P5.

Compl. Ref.:
Krishnaswamy, 1953 (p.127); Ganapati & Shanthakumari, 1962 (p.9, 15); Subbaraju & Krishnamurphy, 1972 (p.25, Table 1: periods of abundance vs India localities); );Patel, 1975 (p.659); Madhupratap & Haridas, 1986 (p.105, tab.1); Othman & al., 1990 (p.561, 564, Table 1); Godhantaraman, 1994 (tab.7); Shih & Young, 1995 (p.67); Achuthankutty & al., 1998 (p.1, Table 2, seasonal abundance vs monsoon); Satapoomin & al., 2004 (p.107, tab.4); Dur & al., 2007 (p.197, Table IV); Ohtsuka & al., 2008 (p.115, Table 6); Cornils & al., 2010 (p.2076, Table 3); Maiphae & Sa-ardrit, 2011 (p.641, Table 2); Chew & Chong, 2011 (p.127, Table 3, abundance vs location); Tseng L.-C. & al., 2011 (p.47, Table 2, occurrences vs mesh sizes); Jagadeesan & al., 2013 (p.27, Table 3, 5, fig.11, seasonal variation);
NZ: 4

Distribution map of Metacalanus aurivilli by geographical zones
India (Goa, Saurashtra coast, Trivandrum coast, South, Cochin, Sri Lanka, Gulf of Mannar, Palk Bay, Lawson's Bay, Madras, Mandapam, Visakhapatnam), Madagascar, Nosy Bé, Nicobar Is., Straits of Malacca (Sangga estuary, mainly nearshore), off Phuket, Indonesia-Malaysia, SW Celebes, Viet Nam, China Seas (East China Sea, South China Sea), Taiwan (SW), Australia (E, G. of Carpentaria)
N: 26
(5) F: 0,65; M: 0,5; (290) F: 0,6-0,55; M: 0,5; (530) F: 0,6; M: 0,5; (795) F: 0,6; M: 0,5; (991) F: 0,55-0,64; M: 0,53-0,56; (1023) F: 0,53-0,56; M: 0,66-0,69; {F: 0,53-0,65; M: 0,50-0,69}
Rem.: euryhaline, epipelagic.
For Ohtsuka (1984, p.364) the comparison between the figures from Ceymon by Thompson & Scott (1903) and from the East China Sea by Chen & Zhang (1965), there are a few differences (presence of setae on the 2nd segments of P5 in male, and the characteristics of setae on terminal segments of P5 female). It is probable that Thompson & Scott overlooked the presence of setae on the 2nd segments of P5 male.
According to Greenwood (1978, p.5) because of its small size, the geographical distribution is perhaps under-estimated.
See in DVP Conway & al., 2003 (version 1)
Last update : 07/02/2020
    to add your remark

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

Razouls C., Desreumaux N., Kouwenberg J. and de Bovée F., 2005-2021. - Biodiversity of Marine Planktonic Copepods (morphology, geographical distribution and biological data). Sorbonne University, CNRS. Available at http://copepodes.obs-banyuls.fr/en [Accessed September 24, 2021]

© copyright 2005-2021 Sorbonne University, CNRS

CNRS   Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls sur Mer - Laboratoire Arago
Sorbonne Université


Version française
English version



On the WEB of CNRS


Marine Planktonic Copepods

Marine Planktonic Copepods


Imprimer Contact Accueil Plan du site Accès restreint Retour Une du Labo Imprimer Contact Plan du site Crédits Téléchargez les Plug-Ins