Centropages typicus male

Centropages typicus, male (copepod)

Collected: 5 km off of Assateague, Va in April, 2005 using an epibenthic sled (363 um mesh) towed just above the botton in 8-9m depths.
Notes: Males in the genus Centropages have a “bent” right antenna and a posterior claw used to hold the female during copulation .

Centropages typicus (male posterior)

ID Notes: The males of Centropages typicus and C. hamatus are difficult to distinguish. C. typicus is larger and has slightly more prominent spines on the posterior of the prosome (not visible here).

The shapes of the copulatory claws of the two Centropages species are also slightly different.

Collected by W. S. Johnson, Goucher College, Towson, MD