oa African Zoology - Aspects of the fine structure of female Dinemoura latifolia Steenstrup & L tken, 1861 (Copepoda: Pandaridae): an SEM study

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



The fine structure of the appendages of female Dinemoura latifolia Steenstrup & L�tken, 1861 was studied by means of scanning electron microscopy. This study was undertaken to gain an insight into the morphology of this ectoparasite. It is suggested that the function of the so-called adhesive pads is not adhesion as such, but rather the provision of support during attachment by means of the cephalothoracic sucker. Although most of the appendages are reduced to an apparently supportive function, the first antennae appear to have a significant sensory role.

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