Fish lice

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Fish lice
Argulus.jpg
Argulus sp. on a stickleback
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Maxillopoda
Subclass: Branchiura
Order: Arguloida
Yamaguti, 1963
Family: Argulidae

Fish lice are the family Argulidae, or 'carp lice'. They are a group of parasitic crustaceans in the class Maxillopoda.

Although they are thought to be primitive forms, they have no fossil record. Argulidae is the only family in the order Arguloida (occasionally "Arguloidea"),[1] although a second family, Dipteropeltidae, has been proposed.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Joel W. Martin & George E. Davis (2001). An updated classification of the Recent Crustacea (PDF). Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. pp. 132 pp. 
  2. P. Myers R.; et al. (2006). "Animal Diversity Web: Arguloidea". University of Michigan.