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How many copepods?

  • Arthur G. Humes
Maxilliped lecture


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.


Tropical Region Copepod Species Marine Copepod Individual Copepod Marine Copepod Species 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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