Fish lice

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Fish lice
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]