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Hydrobiologia

, Volume 78, Issue 2, pp 113–123 | Cite as

The freeliving freshwater cyclopoid copepoda (crustacea) of Malaysia and Singapore

  • C. H. Fernando
  • J. E. Ponyi
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Abstract

A study of freeliving freshwater Cyclopoida of Malaysia and Singapore yielded 15 species. Some remarks are made on the morphology including a species belonging to the schmeili group of Thermocyclops. Shallow and vegetation-bearing habitats had the largest numbers of species. Most of the species are cosmopolitan. The three common species, Mesocyclops leuckarti, Thermocyclops crassus and Microcyclops varicans are eurytopic. M. leuckarti and T. crassus are the only species occurring commonly in limnetic situations in contrast to a much wider limnetic Cyclopoida species spectrum in temperate lakes. There appears to be a reduction in Cyclopoida from temperate to tropical latitudes, but the data on which this are based are at present fragmentary.

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Freshwater Cyclopoida Malaysia and Singapore 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. H. Fernando
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. E. Ponyi
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada
  2. 2.Hungarian Academy of SciencesBiological Research InstituteTihanyHungary

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