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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Maxillopoda
Subclass: Copepoda
Order: Harpacticoida
Family: Darcythompsoniidae
Lang, 1936

Darcythompsoniidae is a family of copepods, containing four genera.[1] Members of the family have a very wide distribution throughout the tropics, where they live in rotting mangrove leaves.[2][3] They lack egg sacs and are thought to lay their eggs directly into the leaf litter.[4]

Darcythompsonia and Kristensenia are both large-bodied, while Leptocaris species are much smaller.[2]


  1. ^ Rony Huys (2011). Walter TC, Boxshall G, eds. "Darcythompsoniidae". World of Copepods database. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved January 9, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b F. D. Por (1983). "Mangrove swamp-inhabiting Harpacticoida of the family Darcythompsoniidae Lang". Journal of Crustacean Biology. 3 (1): 141–153. doi:10.2307/1547859. JSTOR 1547859. 
  3. ^ S. Gómez (2000). "A new genus, a new species, and a new record of the family Darcythompsoniidae Lang, 1936 (Copepoda, Harpacticoida) from the Gulf of California, Mexico". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 129 (4): 515–536. doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.2000.tb00615.x. 
  4. ^ J. Michael Gee & Paul J. Somerfield (1007). "Do mangrove diversity and leaf litter decay promote meiofaunal diversity?". Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 218 (1): 13–33. doi:10.1016/S0022-0981(97)00065-8.