Harpacticoid copepods 1

Marine and brackish water Harpacticoid Copepods (Part 1) covers the two sub-orders Polyarthra and Oligoarthra. Identification keys go to generic level.

The marine harpacticoids are primarily bottom-living copepods, although a few are exclusively planktonic, and are most abundant in soft sediments and on macro-algae. Most species are free-swimming in marine or brackish water, although a few are ectoparasitic or commensal. There are approximately 800 species, belonging to around 190 genera, occurring in the waters around Britain and Ireland.

The order Harpacticoida is one of the ten orders of the sub-class Copepoda. Along with six other sub-classes, it makes up the class Maxillopoda, one of the classes of the lower Crustacea.

Synopses of the British Fauna is a series of identification guides, Each volume in the series provides a detailed account of a group of animals. They are intended to bridge the gap between standard field guides and more specialised monograph or treatise. Since 1993 the the Field Studies Council has published these guides on behalf of the Linnean Society.

These volumes are suitable for the lab or field. The editors aim to keep them as user friendly as possible, with technical terminology kept to a minimum and a glossary of terms provided. However the complexity of the subject matter makes the books more suitable for the more experienced practitioner.