Cancerilla oblonga Bartsch, 1975



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1975 or before

Since rediscovered



Luderitz Bay, Namibia & Cape Town, South Africa


Biology & Ecology

A parasitic species, whose only reported host species so far is the brittlestar Amphiura capensis (Bartsch, 1975; MacKinnon et al., 2016)



Holotype: female






Original scientific description:

Bartsch, I. (1975). Cancerilla oblonga n.sp., ein cyclopoider copepode auf Amphiura capensis Ljungman (Ophiuroidea, Echinodermata). Crustaceana 29(3): 290294.


Other references:

MacKinnon, Rebecca B., Landschoff, Jannes and Griffiths, Charles L. (2016). Rediscovery and first South African records of the parasitic copepod Cancerilla oblonga Bartsch, 1975 (Crustacea, Cancerillidae). African Invertebrates 57(2): 105-109.

Walter, T. C. and Boxshall, G. (2023). World of Copepods Database. Cancerilla oblonga Bartsch, 1975. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: on 2023-03-11


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