Candacia armata

Candacia armata (calanoid copepod) dorsal view

Location: 100 km offshore from Barnegat, NJ. Depths of >200 meters. Caught while drifting a plankton net (365 micrometer mesh) from the back of a boat at night. Summer 2009. Abundant in this collection.

Notes: This striking black and white copepod is a predator.

BELOW: ventral view

Notes: The two most anterior appendages behind the antennae (that form a vee shape) are really raptorial “claws” with large spines used to capture and kill prey.

Collected by: W. S. Johnson
Goucher College