Centropages hamatus female

Centropages hamatus female (copepod)

Collected: April, 2005 5 km off of Assateague, VA sampling just above the bottom using an epibenthic sled (365 micrometer mesh) in 8-9 m depths.

Notes: The female C. hamatus is distinguished from the similar Centropages typicus. by the sharply pointed spine at the end of the right side of the prosome, which is directed outward, as shown here.

The males of these two species are difficult to distinguish, but are usually less common.

Centropages hamatus and C . typicus often co-occur

Collected by:W. S. Johnson, Goucher College