Diversity and Geographic Distribution of Marine Planktonic Copepods
(sensu lato)

(from 1883 to 2017/2019)

Calanoida, Platycopioida, Misophrioida, Mormonilloida, Cyclopoida (gnathostomes and poecilostomes), Siphonostomatoida, Harpacticoida, Monstrilloida, Thaumatopsylloida

Last update : 26/09/2020 (  List of the updates )

by  Claude Razouls   ,  Francis de Bovée,  Juliana Kouwenberg

and Nicolas Desreumaux

Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls sur Mer
Sorbonne University - CNRS/INSU

Laboratoire Arago, Banyuls sur Mer, France


Abstract :

This site, unique for marine planktonic copepods, and created by the Laboratoire Arago (Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls sur Mer), is the fruit of more than 30 years of research coordinated by Claude Razouls on copepods and multiple collaborations at the international level.

It presents a complete interactive database of all described marine planktonic copepods, including :

  • Taxonomic classification with references
  • Illustrated and referenced species database
  • A geographic distribution in the world's oceans and seas, with division in zones and subzones

synthesis covers the whole of the Oceans and the seas of the sphere

A complete bibliography including taxonomic and ecological aspects

The database was compiled from a bibliographic search of 9658 relevant scientific publications, taking into account the actual state of synonymy.

Species Paraeuchaeta prudens - Plate of morphological figures It comprises 342 genera, and 2692 studied species with geographic distribution.

The species cards are progressively enriched with elements such as figure plates, maps, graphs or charts, favouring the rare documents.

Currently, 19949 elements have been included, see the example figure opposite.

Miniature plate for Paraeuchaeta prudens.   
See the species card

This English version completes a great part of the French version.


Financial support by MarBEF - Taxonomy Clearing System (2006-2007)

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

Razouls C., de Bovée F., Kouwenberg J. and Desreumaux N., 2005-2020. - Diversity and Geographic Distribution of Marine Planktonic Copepods. Sorbonne University, CNRS. Available at http://copepodes.obs-banyuls.fr/en [Accessed September 27, 2020]

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