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MELO, PEDRO AUGUSTO M.C.; MELO JUNIOR, MAURO DE; ARAUJO, MOACYR  and  NEUMANN-LEITAO, SIGRID. The first occurrence of the Order Mormonilloida (Copepoda) in the Tropical Southwest Atlantic Ocean. An. Acad. Bras. Ciênc. [online]. 2015, vol.87, n.1, pp.233-237.  Epub Feb 10, 2015. ISSN 0001-3765.

This communication is the first report of the occurrence of the order Mormonilloida (Mormonilla phasma) in the tropical Southwestern Atlantic Ocean. Female individuals were found in surface waters from the shelf break state of Rio Grande do Norte (Northeastern Brazil) and between depths of 60 and 100 m in the epipelagic layer around the St. Peter and St. Paul Archipelago (equatorial Atlantic). This finding extends the vertical limits for this species.

Keywords : Copepod; equatorial; Mormonilloida; Mormonilla phasma; oceanic island; zooplankton.

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