Pennella robusta Gnanamuthu, 1957,

Hogans, W. E., 2017, Review of Pennella Oken, 1816 (Copepoda: Pennellidae) with a description of Pennella benzi sp. nov., a parasite of Escolar, Lepidocybium flavobrunneum (Pisces) in the northwest Atlantic Ocean, Zootaxa 4244 (1), pp. 1-38: 30-31

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Pennella robusta Gnanamuthu, 1957


Pennella robusta Gnanamuthu, 1957 

( Fig. 17View FIGURE 17)

Synonyms. None.

Type host and locality. Paraexocoetus brachypteris  ; Indian Ocean. Morphology. Size: 55 mm. Papillae: partial coverage, spherical, clavate and branching tubiform, random arrangement. Holdfasts: two only, short. First antenna with three segments, second with three segments. Plumes: simple, single or double.

Remarks. Species inquirendae. An intermediate sized species of Pennella  described from a flyingfish,, based on a single specimen. Hogans (1988a) considered P. robusta  as species inquirendae based on a lack of type material, although the original description and figures do portray the species. The cephalothoracic papillae (tubiform and spherical and configured in an elongate field- Figure 17View FIGURE 17 b), of P. robusta  are different than those found in any other species of Pennella  and much different from other species also found on flyingfish. Egg strings were present on the specimen originally described. Not reported since the original record.