, Volume 292, Issue 1, pp 1–7

How many copepods?

  • Arthur G. Humes
Maxilliped lecture

DOI: 10.1007/BF00229916

Cite this article as:
Humes, A.G. Hydrobiologia (1994) 292: 1. doi:10.1007/BF00229916


At present there are approximately 11500 known species of copepods. The number of species described during the past 27 years is nearly two-thirds of all those described in the previous 100 years. Approximately one-third of marine copepod species are parasites or associates, nearly equally divided between those on fishes and those on invertebrates. Individual copepods are extremely abundant, not only as free-living species or parasites of fishes, but as associates of invertebrates, especially in the tropical regions of the world.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Arthur G. Humes
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  1. 1.Marine Biological Laboratory Woods HoleBoston University Marine ProgramMAUSA