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Phylum Arthropoda


Copepods are flea-like animals that are abundant in all marine habitats, including planktonic, benthic, and parasitic forms.  Brackish water copepods carry Cholera-causing bacteria that cause infection when water containing them is swallowed.




Various species

On Swordfish Belly, Honolulu fish auction

In open water at night, Haleiwa, Oahu


In open water at night, Haleiwa, Oahu

Planktonic copepod's home, Oahu


Abundant in a variety of habitats but usually overlooked.  Usually less than 1cm.