Monstrillid copepod

Monstrillid Copepod

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Collected from North Inlet, SC using an epibenthic sled (363 µm mesh). This specimen is stained with Rose Bengal. Dorsal view. Head is lower left.

Notes: These strange beasts are monstrillid copepods. Larval stages are parasites on various kinds of benthic animals including polychaetes and molluscs. Adults are planktonic, non-feeding, and exclusively reproductive. We have never been able to put a name on this specimen. This female has a couple of residual eggs attached to the long caudal filaments (upper right) that are characteristic of that group of copepods.

Submitted by Tracy Buck with information courtesy of Dennis Allen, both of Baruch Marine Field Laboratory, University of South Carolina.

Additional information supplied by Janet Reid